In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, the word “creation” has a broader meaning than “nature”, for it has to do with God’s loving plan in which every creature has its own value and significance. Nature is usually seen as a system which can be studied, understood and controlled, whereas creation can only be understood as a gift from the outstretched hand of the Father of all, and as a reality illuminated by the love which calls us together into universal communion. (Laudato Si’ #76)
Have you heard about Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’? It’s all about relationships. As Pope Francis reminds us, “…human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbour and with the earth itself.” (LS #66) It is our responsibility as stewards of this earth to continually keep in mind these relationships and remember our interconnectedness so we may continually work together to care for our common home.
Learn more about Laudato Si’, read the Pope’s encyclical, and see how you can make a positive impact on our world.