The Justice and Peace Office of the Archdiocese of Sydney is offering a Care of Creation Guide, including guidance, resources and tips on how to get active around environmental issues in your parish. Ecospirituality is a cetral focus of the guide. Ecosprituality is a term that combines ecological awareness with spiritual and religious beliefs and practices. It emphasizes the interconnectedness of all living beings and the importance of stewardship and responsibility towards the gift of God’s creation. Ecosprituality may involve actions like advocating for environmental justice and practices that recognize the social dimension of environmental issues, such as the need for social justice and care for the poor and vulnerable. It is important that any Catholic Care of Creation group integrate elements of ecospirituality, as the concern for creation is wound up in our beliefs about our place in God’s creation. It’s also important for church-based groups not to be coercive about action on Care of Creation and instead be ‘invitational’ to others to come along on the journey.
Interested Franciscans may also want to check out Ilia Delio’s (also see idelio.clasit.org) book Care for Creation: A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth (also available at Amazon and other sellers).
Are you feeling called by your Catholic faith to address environmental and ecological issues, and to support care for creation? Are you studying for or working in a profession to address environmental and ecological issues, and to support care for creation? Or maybe you find yourself in that role within your own community or even family? Are you considering whether the Secular Franciscan Order (O.F.S.) would bring and grow the spiritual dimension in your daily life and work? We would love to hear from you! E-mail the St. Cloud Fraternity of Secular Franciscans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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