A Healthy Relationship with Creation
The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all, a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone. If we make something our own, it is only to administer it for the good of all. If we do not, we burden our consciences with the weight of having denied the existence of others. The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become numerous”. Ecological crisis today summons a profound interior conversion which will lead to an “ecological conversion”, whereby the effects of an encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in our relationship with the world around us; Living our vocation as protectors of God’s handiwork.
In Saint Francis of Assisi, we discover that a healthy relationship with creation is one dimension of overall personal conversion; it entails the recognition of our errors, sins, faults and failures, and leads to sincere repentance and desire to change. We need to reconcile with creation by examining our lives and acknowledging the ways in which we have harmed God’s creation through our actions and our failure to act. In Gen 1:28, God gave humanity the responsibility to care for the earth, that command does not give us the right to destroy creation but to make it fruitful and for our own good. In the order of creation these creatures existed before man, for the good and protection of man The Inter-Assembly Document 2015-2021 “The Boldness of Charity for a new Missionary Momentum” calls us to change our life style in witnessing to all God’s creatures and creation at large: boldness in caring for the earth that serve our needs and help us to respond to the needs of the poor.
There ought to exist a symbiotic relationship between humankind and other creatures……. God made them all and saw that it was good.
Francisca Opara DC