If God is transcendent, he transcends logic. If he transcends logic, he transcends words. If he transcends words, he transcends anything we can say about him. God is also imminent, caring about each person. If God is transcendent, we are obliged to see his transcendence in each person and in the environment. Our Pope told us in his address to the UN, Mankind as chemical and biological components. He is part of the planet, yet spiritual.
Our Pope went on to discuss ramifications of these words. When Jesus gives the parable of the Sower in Mark 4:24, he says, “See what you hear. “ Luke 7:44 has, “Jesus… told Simon, “Do you see this woman?” This idea was a component of our Pope’s speech. Our Pope tells us how the focus must be upon the individual person and not on the abstractions of vocation, ethnic group, or religious preferences. Mark 7:31 begins the story of the deaf man. Mark 8:22 begins the healing of the blind man. In Mark 8:22, the key word is “Trees.” The Hebrew and Aramaic, for “Tree” and four “Councilor,” is “Eights.” The first time Jesus touches the blind man he sees Tees/councilors/ professions/abstractions. The second time he sees differently. He sees humanity as human. Our Pope calls us to the same.
Our Pope begins the heart of his presentation, condemning the unlimited power of our technology. He points relates sciences knows the Catholic doctrine of “Natural Law” as the “Law of Nature.” He condemns the unchecked use of “Natural Law.” “Brothers should stand by each other; this is the first law; keep a true bond between you always, at every time because if you fight among yourselves, you’ll be devoured by those outside.”
He mentions, “A true “right of the environment” does exist for two reasons. First, human beings are part of the environment. We live in communion with it, the environment itself entails ethical limits which human activity must acknowledge and respect…. Second, every creature, particularly a living creature, has an intrinsic value, in its existence, its life, its beauty and its interdependence with other creatures. We… believe the universe is the fruit of a loving decision by the Creator, who permits man respectfully to use creation for the good of his fellow men and for the glory of the Creator…”
Our Pope calls us to constant reformation and adoption to approach our final-end, God. He speaks of seeing the humanity in each person. From this comes the desire to eliminate war, global exploitation, capital punishment, and a host of other evils. As he addressed Congress, our Pope speaks of the constant need to look to the general welfare, a technical term used in Catholic Theology and in Secular and Catholic Moral Philosophy. This is the same common good mentioned in our Declaration of Independence and in our Constitution. Our Pope calls to see ourselves as integral parts of our environment, constantly looking for the common good, and to communion with God.