Concern for creation - a new “Work of Mercy“
Challenges on the feast of St. Francis
In the Encyclical ‘Laudato si’ Pope Francis pointed out at the time of his election as Bishop of Rome he took Saint Francis as a guide and inspiration. […] “I believe that Saint Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically. He is the patron saint of all who study and work in the area of ecology, and he is also much loved by non-Christians. He was particularly concerned for God’s creation and for the poor and outcast“. Then the Pope refers to the illustration of God’s creation as a universal unity in Saint Francis’ Canticle to the Sun. “All creatures are connected and are dependent on one another. They all have their own dignity and they need to be attended with care.“
Precisely one year later, Pope Francis takes ups this topic again in an elaborate message on the occasion of the “World Day of Prayer for Creation” on 1. September, which have been taking place for 10 years in the Orthodox Church and for 2 years in the Catholic Church. The title “Show Mercy to our Common Home“emphasized what is important to him. The Pope connects his encyclical “Laudato si” with Mercy - the theme of the Holy Year. “The earth cries out. […] The worry about our common home of creation - the ’New Work of Mercy’ - is a complement to the traditional mention of the works of mercy. […] God gave us the earth to treat it in a balanced and respectful way; exploiting the earth is to sin”, the Pope states. The Pope hopes that the Holy Year and the issue of Mercy in the light of what is happening to our common home will lead to profound interior conversion. Let us commit ourselves to taking concrete steps forward towards ecological conversion.
Andreas Müller OFM
With our sincere wishes for
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