"...let us be “protectors” of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment."
HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS, Saint Peter's Square, Tuesday, 19 March 2013, Solemnity of Saint Joseph
During the JPIC seminar, Eastern Regional Elective Chapter in Cacouna 2014, we remembered St. Francis' example of using "brother" and "sister" for elements of nature and noted how that approach transforms our relationship with the cosmos. When we are conscious that we are temporarily gifted with the animate and inanimate for as long as we live here on earth, we learn to respect and appreciate with conscience.
In the face of modernity and the current notion of manipulating and mastering nature, Fr. Robert Barron's initial overall sense is that the Pope is bringing us back to our roots: a cosmological sensibility, a keen sense of "Creator God" where everything and everyone is related and interdependent. Fr. Barron promises more when he has had time to study the document further. In the meantime, he shares some key quotes from St. Francis, Pope Francis and our two previous popes on "Sharable Graphics".