Instilling a Sense of Wonder and Responsibility for the Natural World

As Catholics we believe that the earth belongs to the Lord. Acknowledging this truth, we accept that God’s creation and all His creatures on Earth have an inherent value beyond a utility or usefulness for human beings. We are called to respect the integrity of creation: to live in harmony with all of creation, not to exploit what we can for our own self-interest.

How we live on God’s earth cannot be disconnected by how we live in community as social beings. If we are to sustain ourselves in authentic development and community, we must maintain a healthy environment and establish a beneficial economy for all. Social, economic and environmental justice becomes one.

To serve the greater glory of God means to be responsible stewards of creation while serving and caring for one another. To serve the common good of all is to be in harmony with God as co-creators. Just as God sees us as one community, His sons and daughters, we should see the web of life as one — and each of us as caring stewards.

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The deadly wildfires that raced through several states in the Great Plains in early March are now fully contained, but…


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(Editor’s Note: This week’s Storyteller is Kristen Daub from Maryland. Kristen and her husband Peter decided to leave behind their…


CRL Statement on the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Catholic Rural Life, among many other faith groups, are closely watching the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in Cannon Ball, ND. We…


Blessing Our First Egg

Editor’s Note:  This story originally appeared on The Doxology Project and is reprinted here with the author’s permission.  Brad Roth…


World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

The World Day of Prayer for Creation takes place this Thursday, Sept. 1, and features a live stream of Pope Francis…


St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Lily of the Mohawks

Editor’s Note:  July 14th is the feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, who is the patron saint of environmentalism.  Her…


Care for Our Common Home, Earth

Care for our Common Home, Earth: One Year Later, Laudato Si’ still needs our attention The National Catholic Reporter recently highlighted…


Plastic Free July

They’ve been with us for over a century.  They keep food fresher longer, they allow more sanitary conditions in hospitals,…


This Earth Day, Be Thankful for the Gift of Trees

April 22, 2016 marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day, a secular celebration that many faith communities have incorporated into…


A Water Quality Proposal for Farmers and Landowners

Lessons from the Situation in Iowa The purity of water can only be as good as the integrity of the…