Justice, Peace & the Integrity of Creation

Justice, Peace & the Integrity of Creation

Ecospirituality

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Eco-Spirituality is explained as the exploration of our relationship with God in relation to our association with the entire Cosmos, its creation and with God in the Center. It pertains to our balance and connectedness to the Earth along with our religious beliefs. Eco-spirituality raises awareness of the natural Earth, its preservation and our consciousness regarding the presence of God in all of nature.

"Perceived as Creation, nature invites us to turn to the Creator and to take up our responsibility to protect and enhance the natural world as the Garden of both God and humankind." - Charles Cummings, O.C.S.O.

"The universe itself is the primary sacred community. All human religion should be considered as participation in the religious aspect of the universe itself. It is false to say that humanity is the most excellent being in the universe. The most excellent being in the universe is the universe itself." —Thomas Berry
For hundreds of years, those who have been interested in the spiritual life have found that exposure to the beauty of the Earth is a way to make God powerfully present. Recently, Catholics and all Christians have become interested in the ecological movement and a new awareness of the transcendence of the Cosmos. Concern for the present ecological crisis has become more than a cause; it involves, too, a spirituality that supports activists and even simple lovers of nature to be caretakers of the Earth and stewards of God’s creation.
Just as Christian spirituality focuses on one’s relationship with God in the Trinity, God is revealed to the person in diverse ways. Ecospirituality teaches that divine life extends to all reality, and the Cosmos is an integral part of God’s self-revelation. In ecospirituality, we explore our relationship with God in the context of our relationship with the whole Cosmos with God in the center as Creator of this masterpiece.
 
While the term, “ecospirituality,” is a relatively new one, the psalmists sang of God’s presence in nature and often called on the entire Cosmos to join in celebration: “Let the Heavens rejoice and the Earth be glad…” (Ps. 96) Theologians and contemplatives, past and present, have experienced the hand of God in the magnificence of the Cosmos.
 

Today, more than ever we need to learn about the depths of ecospirituality as we face the devastating issues of climate change, water pollution, acid rain, deforestation, hazardous waste disposal and the total annihilation of many plant and animal species.  We need to deepen our realization that the human being is so connected to the Cosmos that destroying God’s creation becomes a moral, even a human-rights issue.

 
Visit www.ecospirituality.com for resources that 

connects concern for creation with growing faith in the Mystery within it,
integrates new scientific discoveries with beliefs and lifestyles, and
deepens understanding of threats to Earth’s life systems and our call to respond.

www.ecospiritualityresources.com


 
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