In the Covid crisis, the beloved shepherd of over one billion Catholics saw the cruelty and inequity of our society exposed more vividly than ever before. He has also seen in the resilience, generosity, and creativity of so many people, the means to rescue our society, our economy, and our planet. In direct, powerful prose, Pope Francis urges us not to let the pain be in vain.
He begins Let Us Dream by exploring what this crisis can teach us about how to handle upheaval of any kind, whether in our lives or the world at large. With unprecedented candour, he reveals how three crises in his own life changed him dramatically for the better. By its very nature, he shows, crisis presents us with a choice: We make a grievous error if we try to return to some pre-crisis state. But if we have the courage to change, we can emerge from the crisis better than before.
Francis then offers a brilliant, scathing critique of the systems and ideologies that have conspired to produce the current crisis — from a global economy obsessed with profit and heedless of the people and environment it harms, to politicians who foment their people’s fear and use that to increase their own power at their people’s expense. He reminds us a Christian’s first duty is to serve others, especially the poor and the marginalized, just as Jesus did.