Laudato Si 12: A Magnificent Book

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website.

12. What is more, Saint Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness. “Through the greatness and the beauty of creatures one comes to know by analogy their maker” (Wis 13:5); indeed, “his eternal power and divinity have been made known through his works since the creation of the world” (Rom 1:20).

Jewish wisdom and Pauline theology, not to mention many saints of than Francis have noted this.

For this reason, Francis asked that part of the friary garden always be left untouched, so that wild flowers and herbs could grow there, and those who saw them could raise their minds to God, the Creator of such beauty.[Cf. THOMAS OF CELANO, The Remembrance of the Desire of a Soul, II, 124, 165, in Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, New York-London-Manila, 2000, 354] Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise.

How often in our dealings with people we also see problems rather than opportunities for contemplation.

Your thoughts?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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