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Integrity of Creation2018-08-10T15:56:24+00:00

Integrity of Creation

Integrity of creation

Because the Earth and its resources are God’s gift to all humanity, we are reverent, just, and sparing in our use of created things, concerned for the needs of the present and future generations. (You Are Sent, General Directory 19a)

As the desire of Jesus that all be one becomes more fully our own, our striving for unity embraces all humanity and the whole of creation. (You Are Sent, Constitution 9)

Over the past years, we have come to realize that commitment to the integrity of creation must be at the heart of our work for justice and peace in the world today.

All creation is sacred; God, our creator, is revealed to us through creation. In fact, when we speak of the “integrity of creation” we acknowledge that we are part of the community of creation.

Jesus’ command “to love one’s neighbor” is not limited to other human beings; it extends to every facet of creation. We are called to live in a mutually life-enhancing relationship with all of creation.

Care for nature is part of a lifestyle which includes the capacity for living together and communion. Jesus reminded us that we have God as our common Father and that this makes us brothers and sisters. Fraternal love can only be gratuitous; it can never be a means of repaying others for what they have done or will do for us. That is why it is possible to love our enemies. This same gratuitousness inspires us to love and accept the wind, the sun and the clouds, even though we cannot control them. In this sense, we can speak of a ‘universal fraternity’. (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 228)

Resources

  • Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si’” (DeutschEnglish – Español – Italiano – Polski – Português)
  • The Global Catholic Climate Movement (English, Español, Italiano, Polski, Português,) for climate facts, Catholic teaching, and ideas for action.
  • Green Christian Link is a multi-denominational Christian organization for people concerned about the environment, providing numerous website links and resources from around the world.
  • The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change with its Catholic Climate Covenant (English, Español) campaign provides resources on Catholic teaching and climate change and promotes participation of individuals and organizations for advocacy for climate
  • The Earth Charter (English, Español) is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st
  • Environmental news from Climate Alliance (Deutsch, English, Español), New Scientist, and Planet Ark
  • European Commission (čeština, Deutsch, Español, Italiano, Magyar, Polski, Português, Slovenščina) provides up-to-date information on the state of the environment, policy initiatives and legislative
  • Friends of the Earth International (English, Español) is a global network of environmental organizations that campaigns on the most urgent environmental and social
  • United Nations Environment Programme (English, Español) provides leadership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future
  • Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform is the work of the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development which provides leadership in promoting and coordinating implementation of the sustainable development agenda of the
  • USG/UISG JPIC Commission Formation website has several resources in English and Spanish.
  • Resources for marking special days: Earth Day on April 22, World Environment Day on June 5, and the Season of Creation (English, Español, Italiano, Polski, Português) which runs from September 1 to October 4.

Action

  • Pray for the grace of conversion to live in right relationships with all
  • Enjoy nature and contemplate the beauty and splendor of all God’s
  • Learn what Catholic Social Teaching (English, Español, Hungarian, Italiano, Polish, Português, Swahili), other Christian denominations, such as the World Council of Churches (Deutsch, English, Español), and other faith traditions say about the integrity of creation and
  • Read and discuss with others what the Popes and the Bishops’ Conference in your country or region have said about the integrity of creation, ecology, and climate
  • Commemorate Earth Day on April 22, World Environment Day on June 5, and the Season of Creation which runs from September 1 to October 4.
  • Commit to living simply and in a mutually life-enhancing manner.

Prayer

A Christian prayer in union with creation

Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.

Praise be to you!

Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.

Praise be to you!

Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.

Praise be to you!

Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.

Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.

Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.

The poor and the earth are crying out.

O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.

Praise be to you!

Amen.

(Prayer at the conclusion of Laudato Si’)