Care for Creation…

A small group of parishioners has been meeting to think deeply about Laudato Si-Pope Francis’ letter on Care for Creation. The letter addresses the whole human family and talks about care for ‘our common home.’ Each Sunday of Advent, we share some of its inspiration with you, and to take action in simple ways:

Our readings tell us that God is with us. We were struck in our conversations by Pope Francis’teaching on the interconnectedness of all creation:

“The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face. The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul, but also to

discover God in all things.”

“Our insistence that each human being is an image of God should not make us overlook the

fact that each creature has its own purpose. None is superfluous. The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it

were, a caress of God.”

“A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings.”
“Every violation of solidarity and civic friendship harms the environment.”

(by Catherine Danaher on behalf of the group)

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