Laudato Si’ Action Platform Reflection – Ecological Spirituality

Ecological Spirituality

Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life, and encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep enjoyment free of the obsession with consumption.  We need to take up an ancient lesson… it is the conviction that “less is more.”                                                     Laudato Si’ §222

Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things. Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God. Every creature is a word of God. If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature -even a caterpillar – I would never have to prepare a sermon: so full of God is every creature.
                                                            Meister Eckhart                                                                                                                                                     

God created the heavens, the trees, the plants, the animals that roam the earth and the birds of the sky. Creation in its entirety was made in [God’s image].                                                             Gailhac 1873

How do you understand Pope Francis’ words encouraging a “prophetic and contemplative life style”?  What passages from Scripture come to mind as I reflect on these readings?  What concrete action can I take today to demonstrate my commitment to care for our Common Home?

Prayer:   Loving God, as RSHM, we recognize the interconnectedness of all creation, and want to proclaim “fullness of life for all” through our relationships with one another, all peoples, and our Earth.  May we reveal your loving tenderness as we respond to the urgent cries of our beautiful, yet broken, Common Home.  Amen.