François Prouteau's last "Carte Blanche"

Ten months ago, almost to the day, a season of carte blanche with the French Christian Radio (RCF) began, at the same time as the start of the new school year. Today, it's time to leave. How can we reread this year spent together, with you, at the listeners' home, and stay connected?

I concluded my first carte blanche with these words: "curiosity plays a key role in learning, we must accompany and keep the ability to act, to doubt, to make mistakes and to correct ourselves. It also means constantly opening up new possibilities, to carry out experiments". I had forgotten to specify then that it is sometimes the events that occur without our knowledge that are the occasion of the strongest learning. In this sense, the past year has been full of unexpected events, which have been echoed in our carte blanche over the weeks. The latest unexpected event - which was colossal - was the Covid 19, during the spring, which has now ended, with all kinds of tests. We've just come out of it, and we are no longer the same. For several years we have known that we have entered into a changing world: "we are not living in a time of change, but a change of world" wrote Pope Francis in 2017 in the Constitution for Catholic Universities. But the coming of a new world could still appear to us as a pale and vague dot on the horizon, a distant idea, for the next generations or for others? Today, following Covid-19, we have all been the victims of such an incredible ordeal, in an experience that is more or less painful depending on the person and the situation. Have we learned anything? Have we been converted a little more in our commitment to the service of safeguarding the common house? 

With the 'Laudato Si' year that has just begun, I like to reread this passage from Pope Francis' encyclical that marked out our "Cartes Blanches": God created the world, writing into it an order and a dynamism that human beings have no right to ignore. [...] I ask all Christians to recognize and to live fully this dimension of their conversion. May the power and the light of the grace we have received also be evident in our relationship to other creatures and to the world around us. In this way, we will help nurture that sublime fraternity with all creation which Saint Francis of Assisi so radiantly embodied.(Laudato Si, § 221). 

Today the floor is given to the Citizen's Convention and its proposals. A wish for the coming weeks is that the key proposals on the fight against global warming will be concretized in our democratic life, through the civic commitment of living women and men collaborating with the Living. 

Have a good summer !

François Prouteau


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