The Mysticism of Laudato Si’ 15
Now that our reflections on the rich mysticism which underpins Laudato Si ‘ have cleansed ‘the doors of our perception’ we turn to the wretched plight of Sister Earth and allow an emotional response to well up in our hearts. Such a response, the pope says, is not naïve romanticism, for it affects our choices.
The pope says: ‘If we approach nature without this openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of ruthless exploiters… But if we feel intimately united with all that exists, then care will well up spontaneously in us (11). Responsible care of creation is an essential part of the Christian faith’ (64).