The Cry of the Earth and The Cries of the Poor: An OFM Study Guide on the Care of Creation

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The Cry of the Earth and The Cries of the Poor: An OFM Study Guide on the Care of Creation

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A beautifully illustrated 48 page guide that opens with the Canticle of Creatures.

"The resource booklet which you are about to read is likewise an exhortation to be open to the world around us, to listen attentively to all those creatures who inhabit this little planet, our common home. It arises from an urgent concern that the Cry of the Earth and the Cries of the Poor are being disregarded and that, as Franciscans, we must be partners in dialogue, making our specific contribution to the healing of our world, and of the people who live in it.

While this short document is rooted in the Franciscan and biblical traditions, it intentionally expresses that same tradition in partnership with contemporary science. This was the express desire of the 2015 General Chapter, which asked for a Study Guide on the care of creation that is built upon a biblical, ecclesial, Franciscan and scientific foundation. Theology and science are two different perspectives that together allow us to see the universe in its three-dimensional depth. As Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says, “Science is the search for explanation. Religion is the search for meaning.” We Franciscans must engage intelligently with all of the sciences in order to complement our own insights.

In conjunction with previous documents of the Church and the Order – pre-eminently with Laudato si’– this booklet aims to provide guidance so that our Entities and all of you, my brothers, might be able to respond to the ecological challenges of our time. I would like to emphasise this particular aspect of our Franciscan commitment to the world.Inspired by the example of St. Francis, we Friars and Lesser Brothers are challenged to ‘do’ in order that we might understand more deeply the cries of God’s people, the cry of God’s creation. We are invited through our actions to become mystics, men of faith who are capable of perceiving the beauty and wonder of God’s handiwork in the lives of our brothers and sisters, and in every living thing, all created to participate together in giving glory to God and in offering a service of love and care one to the other. I encourage all who use this resource to reassess their manner of perceiving and acting, and to restructure their lifestyles in order to allow the Spirit of God to fashion within each of us an ‘integral ecological vision’ that embraces all, in charity and justice. May we allow God to work the wonderful mystery of love and mercy within us so that we might remove the obstacles that deafen us to the Cry of the Earth and the Cries of the Poor." - Foreword.

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Ecotheology

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2016

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CuraCreato-EN.pdf

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“The Cry of the Earth and The Cries of the Poor: An OFM Study Guide on the Care of Creation,” Anti-Racism Digital Library, accessed August 4, 2020, https://sacred.omeka.net/items/show/355.