Before I became a priest, I was a professor of oceanography. One of
the things I learned was that oceanographers couldn’t just study
squid or fish in isolation. We had to study interconnected systems.
We had to understand not only the animals’ environment, such as the
water, but its chemistry and circulation, the atmosphere above the
ocean and the geology below it. And that, I believe, is how we must
understand our world: We must see everything, and everyone, as
interconnected and intended by God to live in relationship.
Two of the most significant crises facing our world — climate change
and deadly poverty — offer an example of such interconnectedness.