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12 July 2015


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I thought that you might appreciate the parallels between Laudato Si and Marie Kondo!


It makes me feel better that you'd consider the two compatible. I've been hesitant to recommend the Kondo book to some friends because of the animism, even though I could see how well it worked in my own family.


Just tell them it's really Japanese. A cultural experience, without having to get on a plane.


Your thought about the thermostat hits home. It is my petty luxury. I like having a warm house in the winter. I am pretty cold-natured and descend into shivering uselessness fairly quickly. I should probably make more of an effort to get up and start moving when I am cold rather than just hitting the heat. Our normal winter setting is 72 which might be a bit excessive.

On the other hand, my house stays pretty warm in the summer. The thermostat is never lower than 76 and would be kept higher if not for an attempt to keep the upstairs from becoming an unbearable sauna instead of just an extra warm 82. (Two stories, one thermostat, stupid builders)

Kim (IA)

Thank you for sharing this, Erin. What translation did you read? Did you buy it or download it from somewhere?


I used the links to each chapter from this website



I really appreciated your comments about Laudato Si and I'm looking forward to reading it. From the commentary I've read on Catholicculture.org I thought that there were some commonalities between it and Kondo's book. I feel like I've had that "aha" spark where I'm ready to be very, very cautious about letting more stuff into the house, even though I haven't gotten very far in my processing since I read the book about 6 weeks ago (granted, there was a wedding and vacation during that time) Now to figure out how to not let other people fill our house with stuff... be they gifts or castoffs or whatever.

I was intrigued by what you said about cities - it reminded me of something I just read in The Joy of the Gospel, where Pope Francis remarks, "The new Jerusalem, the holy city (cf. Rev 21:2-4), is the goal towards which all of humanity is moving. It is curious that God’s revelation tells us that the fullness of humanity and of history is realized in a city. We need to look at our cities with a contemplative gaze, a gaze of faith which sees God dwelling in their homes, in their streets and squares."

(Can you tell I'm a little behind in my encyclical reading? *ahem*)

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