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A Preview to Pope Francis' Upcoming Environmental Encyclical:
On May 21 during his general audience he focused on knowledge, a gift of the Spirit:
- When our eyes are illumined by the Spirit, they open to contemplate God, in the beauty of nature and in the grandeur of the cosmos, and they lead us to discover how everything speaks to us about Him and His love…
- The Lord favors us! We must give thanks to him for this. The gift of knowledge sets us in profound harmony with the Creator and allows us to participate in the clarity of his vision and his judgment…
- When we exploit creation, we destroy that sign of God’s love. To destroy creation is to say to God: “I don’t care”. And this is not good: this is sin. Custody of creation is precisely custody of God’s gift and it is saying to God: “thank you, I am the guardian of creation so as to make it progress, never to destroy your gift”. This must be our attitude to creation: guard it for if we destroy creation, creation will destroy us! Don’t forget that.
Finally, there was also a hint on the plane ride home from the Holy Land that Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I may be “coming up with a joint initiative to deal with this [ecological] problem.” Read their Common Declaration from May 25, 2014