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.
A Water Quality Proposal for Farmers and Landowners
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World Water Day
Our physical dependence upon water is reflected in the central place that water takes in the practices and beliefs of…
CRL Talks Laudato Si’ at CSMG
CRL was excited to participate in this year’s CSMG where Catholic organizations from around the country gathered to explore how…
COP21: A global promise, but actions will reveal true intentions
The Paris Climate Conference (COP21) concluded with a global consensus on combating climate change and a commitment to reduce carbon…
COP21: Reaching a global consensus – and keeping it?
COP21– also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference – has aimed to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate,…
Jim Ennis talks climate, Catholicism on Relevant Radio
As world leaders meet in Paris to discuss international approaches to curbing climate change, how do we overcome skepticism that…
Catholic Groups Continue to Call for Climate Action
In his encyclical letter Laudato si’ (LS) addressed ‘to every person living on this planet,’ Pope Francis boldly claims that…
Just a Lot of White after Labor Day going down
Transcript provided by ABC News 2015 On Wednesday September 23, 2015 Pope Francis had quite the day in the US,…
Virtue: The Foundation of Laudato Si
This article was published in our Summer 2015 magazine, “Laudato Si and the Countryside: Caring for Our Common Rural Home.” Click…
Jim’s remarks from LaudatoSi panel discussion
Jim Ennis, executive director of Catholic Rural Life, provided the following introductory remarks to a panel discussion on Laudato Si and…