New call-to-action
Entries related to: ecology

A Revelation on Creation

Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’—like the poem by St. Francis on which it is based—speaks of the fragility of our ecology due in large part to the weakness of our morality. Unless we value each creature as integral to our humanity, we cannot act as responsible stewards of a global community.
Read More

Why Saint Francis Belongs on the Birdbath

Since his death, Saint Francis of Assisi has been the subject of some of the world’s most admired works of art. His image is also found quite often in what we call the popular arts: in the form of greeting cards, plastic statues, medallions and plaques. These forms of art often get mixed reviews.
Read More

Love and Action: Caring for Creation

This is part one in a three-part series about caring for creation, in conjunction with our friends at the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office in Rome.
Read More

The Our Father: Our Environmental Teacher

Isn’t “What Would Jesus Drive?” an unusual question to be coming from the Evangelical Environmental Network? Not if you realize that its members are part of a growing movement to help people connect Earth’s ecological crisis with their faith journeys.
Read More

Saving Our Battered Earth

There is a line in the encyclical “ Laudato Si’” that is as bold as the man who wrote it: “A spirituality which forgets God as all-powerful and Creator is not acceptable. That is how we end up worshiping earthly powers, or ourselves usurping the place of God, even to the point of claiming an unlimited right to trample his creation underfoot.” 
Read More

Pope Francis, Saint Francis, and Our Ecological Challenge

It’s no secret that we Americans have a dependency on our cars. In fact, the Sierra Club, one of the nation’s oldest environmental organizations, reports that Americans travel almost three trillion miles by car each year. Transportation contributes about one-third of all US carbon dioxide emissions, according to Sierra’s reports. That’s a lot of pollution.
Read More

Humility and Truth: A Conversation with Wendell Berry

As I wrote my book, Wendell Berry and the Given Life, there were many questions that came as I reflected on his work. Some were answered in continued reading, but others still lingered. With paper and a postal stamp, using his preferred mode of communication, I sent Berry six questions whose answers I thought would be helpful for readers to move from reading into the practice of creatureliness. Berry was kind enough to respond with his signature combination of economy and wisdom.
Read More

Followers of Saint Francis: Making Right with God and Nature

 The rugged beauty of the windswept Maine coastline instilled a keen sense of care for creation in Benjamin Vail, OFS. Growing up in Brunswick, Maine, Vail says he found himself “surrounded by the ocean, forests, and farmland.” One could imagine Saint Francis himself praising God in such a place. But it would take years for Vail to respond to the call to conversion and the Secular Franciscan Order. 
Read More

Pope Francis on the Dangers Facing Mother Earth

Our common home is at risk. Time, my brothers and sisters, seems to be running out; we are not yet tearing one another apart, but we are tearing apart our common home. Today, the scientific community realizes what the poor have long told us: harm, perhaps irreversible harm, is being done to the ecosystem.
Read More