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Earth Care Corner - Care of Creation

posted Mar 16, 2017, 1:15 PM by Teri Marshall   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 1:22 PM ]

Laudato Si
On Care for Our Common Home 

Being stewards of our resources is part of our parish mission.  It is also the appeal in which Pope Francis writes about in his encyclical, Laudato Si.  It is his call for a new dialog about how we are shaping the future of our planet and his urging for us to cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation.

Over the next several months in this column, we will be exploring Pope Francis’s Encyclical and highlighting teachings from each of the six chapters.  The full text can be found on the Vatican website at

In the Encyclical opening, the Pope talks about how so many of us are united by the same concern.  From Pope Paul VI, to Pope Benedict and the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi, there is an urgent challenge to protect our common home. They call us to approach nature and the environment with awe and wonder, to see God in the beauty of the environment and the creatures that he created.