Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 2 October 2017
by France Corriea “All creatures great and small, the Lord God loves them all” (C. F. Alexander)
Together with our obligation to use the earth’s goods responsibly, we are called to recognize that other living beings have a value of their own in God’s eyes: “by their mere existence they bless God and give him glory” and indeed, “the Lord rejoices in all his works” (Ps 104:31). By virtue of our unique dignity and our gift of intelligence, we are called to respect creation and its inherent laws, for “the Lord by wisdom founded the earth” (Prov 3:19). In our time, the Church does not simply state that other creatures are completely subordinated to the good of human beings, as if they have no worth in themselves and can be treated as we wish. We can speak of the priority of being over that of being useful”. It is important not to have a distorted anthropocentrism: Each creature possesses its own particular goodness and perfection. Each of the various creatures, willed in its own being, reflects in its own way a ray of God’s infinite wisdom and goodness. People must respect the particular goodness of every creature, to avoid any disordered use of things”. (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, n. 69)
you lovingly created all creatures.
Grant me the grace to care for them with the same importance as I care for my needs.
Allow me to be open to your love expressed in the vast array of your creatures.