Pope Francis tells us that “grateful contemplation of God’s creation” is a spiritual act of mercy. As a corporal work of mercy, care for our common home requires “simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence and exploitation and selfishness and makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world”.
Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si” (May, 2015) is a good place to begin understanding how care for our environment is essential for care of our souls. In this letter our Holy Father explains how God is present in all His creation, and how mistreatment of the environment contributes to poverty, disease and political conflict. Most important, he guides us toward making a difference.
In this spirit, parishioners came together in 2015 to form the Care For Our Common Home Ministry of Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church.
Pope Francis calls us to listen to “the cry of the earth” and “the cry of the poor”. The Care for Our Common Home Ministry works to nurture the vision that leads to this ecological conversion. Our tools are study, provision of information, example, and works of ecological and social justice.
To join our efforts or attend a meeting, please contact Ellen Grush at 541-482-0782 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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