So many people of all ages have a love of nature. In some places, we’ve seen significant activism in favor of the environment these past few years. The Church and its leaders getting on board with that makes sense as both science and an opportunity to recover lost credibility for our own navel-gazing priority of institutional preservation.
228. Nature holds a special attraction for many adolescents and young people who recognize our need to care for the environment. Such is the case with the scouting movement and other groups that encourage closeness to nature, camping trips, hiking, expeditions and campaigns to improve the environment. In the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi, these experiences can be a real initiation into the school of universal fraternity and contemplative prayer.
Any thoughts? The Holy Father’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation can be found on this link. The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana