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Our Care of God’s Creation


In his 2015 Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ (LS) on Care for Our Common Home Pope Francis speaks of an ecological spirituality and how it can motivate us to a more passionate concern for the protection of our world (LS 216). In light of this papal statement it would seem clear that our immediate task is to try to develop such an ecological spirituality. In this article an effort will be made to begin to move in that direction. We may start with a brief reflection on spirituality itself, indicating what it is and involves in and for our daily lives. Then we will turn to ecology and an exposition of what have been called the contemplative and the active dimensions or aspects of an ecological spirituality. In that context we will focus at some length on what the Pope refers to as the damage done to our Common Home and also on what he calls an ecological conversion.

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