Fratelli tutti (All Brothers) is the third encyclical of Pope Francis, subtitled of “on fraternity and social friendship”. The encyclical calls for more human fraternity and solidarity. The document was signed on October 3, 2020, on the occasion of Pope Francis’s visit to the tomb of his namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi, and was published the following day, the saint’s feast day. The main question that the Pope is trying to answer in this document is what are our great ideals. He also looks at the tangible ways to advance for those who wish to build a more just and fraternal world in their ordinary relationships, in social life, politics and institutions.
I would like to form a study group for Advent, using this document as our point of review. The entire encyclical is quite long; it a composed of 287 paragraphs and approximately 80 pages. It is broken down into 8 chapters. With that said, there are wonderful summaries that we can use for our discussion and study. I can provide you with the summaries, or the entire document if you are interested in reading the entire document. We would look at two chapters for every session, meeting for a total of 4 times. The plan is to begin meeting on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:00 pm. We will also meet on December 10th and the 17th. We will leave our final time of meeting until after Christmas. The format we will use will be Zoom. If you are interested, please give me a call or send me an email. I am excited about this discussion. I think it is a wonderful way to prepare for the coming of Christ. ~ Patty