'Franciscans on Creation'
Posted on 20. Mar, 2013 by Franciscans For Justice.
St. Francis of Assisi is widely acclaimed as the pre-eminent example of Christian care for creation. British Royalty, scientists, leaders of other faiths, diverse scholars and ordinary believers have claimed him as their inspiration in this age of ecological crisis. Why such a broad appeal? Francis recognized God’s work in creation, and loved it. He celebrated the beauty of God in creation, and loved God all the more for this gift. Francis’ relationship with creation is best understood within the broader context of his religious journey, including: Francis’ passionate love for Jesus Christ and his desire to follow him; contemplative prayer; ongoing conversion of life; and a spirituality of brotherhood with everyone and everything. Francis was foremost a follower of Jesus, but in him there was no tension between loving God and loving all creatures of God. His life inspires faith in Jesus Christ and care for creation. […]