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Care for Creation
“Before I flew I was already aware of how small and vulnerable our planet is, but only when I saw it from space, in all its ineffable beauty and fragility, did I realize that humankind’s most urgent task is to cherish and preserve it for future generations”
Sigmund Jahn, Astronaut
Photo credit: ‘The Blue Marble’ – NASA
Broadcaster and writer Mary Colwell sets Catholic Social Teaching in the context of a responsibility for all creation
The aim of Catholic Social Teaching is to bring about justice. Its original emphasis was mainly on social and political justice, for the poor, oppressed and working people. Today we recognise that justice has to be extended to all of creation, human and non-human. It is imperative we understand our place on earth in the light of new understandings about our inter-dependence on all other life.
Human beings cannot flourish in an impoverished and depleted world. The natural world provides us with food, medicines, industrial resources and clothing. But it also allows us to be more fully human in every other aspect of life.
It inspires our minds to creativity – poetry, music and art - through beauty and awe, it drives our curiosity through the mysteries of life still waiting to be solved and it reveals to us the face of the Creator, instilling in us a humbleness when faced with a God that can create such an astonishing universe.
Time for creative map-reading
A Christian call for truly sustainable development by Mary Colwell
Future of our world
The church is called to take an active interest in issues that have arisen. To...
Care for Creation
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Call of Creation
These resources provided by Cafod show how the monatristic tradition can help us to care for the developing world and to have responsibility for a number of pressing...