The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Paragraphs 76 through 83 give us a reflection on “The Mystery of the Universe,” the title of section III of Chapter Two. To start with, Pope Francis offers a technical distinction between two concepts:
76. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, the word “creation” has a broader meaning than “nature”, for it has to do with God’s loving plan in which every creature has its own value and significance. Nature is usually seen as a system which can be studied, understood and controlled, whereas creation can only be understood as a gift from the outstretched hand of the Father of all, and as a reality illuminated by the love which calls us together into universal communion.
An adjustment in the vocabulary for people of faith? Possibly an important distinction when we are speaking of things of reason and things of faith.