Mysticism Laudato Si’


Laudato Si’ Mysticism 3


The perspective of Laudato Si’ is that every molecule of creation is sacred, and that through each single one God’s love is revealed. Creation is God’s first self-revelation, and it reveals God’s limitless love and affection for us. It is as if God were saying, ’Let’s pull out the stops, so everyone on the face of the earth will be able to see our love. All they have to do is to look at what is surrounding them!’  God sees all creation as good. When our impaired vision is corrected we come to see the world as a loving gift, and so are drawn towards God, and then towards care of the gift of creation that has been entrusted to our care. This is the goal of Laudato Si’. From this 20/20 mystical vision of nature as divine gift, our care for the earth will flow.


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Mysticism Laudato Si’ 2


The more we come to love nature in all its detail, the more we will want to care for it, because we care for the things we love. Here’s a poet’s vision of a single flower–a narcissus–coming into bloom:

When from a world of mosses and of ferns

At last the narcissus lifted a tuft of five-pointed stars

And dangled them in the atmosphere,

Then every molecule of creation jumped and clapped its hands:

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Laudato Si’ Mysticism 1


Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’ on Care for Our Common Home makes painful reading. It challenges us to change our flawed attitudes to Earth, and such change is hard. But behind the tough news is a mysticism, a faith-filled way of looking at Creation with ever-deeper love. Over the coming year we will explore this profound way of viewing creation. Then the pope’s challenges to us will be charged with new urgency, because as we come to love our Earth more, we will be drawn to defend it better.


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