creation

 

Creation: A Family Affair

St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint for ecology due to his profound kinship with all of creation.  He was deeply affected by his encounters with creatures, plants, water, fire, wind, etc.  It dawned on him one day that all of creation is a special reflection of God’s goodness and beauty, especially human beings who have been created in the image and likeness of God.  If everything and everyone are a particular reflection of God, then everything in creation is interrelated.  God is the common origin from which all of creation emerges.   This insight eventually inspired St. Francis to write the “Canticle of Creatures” which expresses how we are all members of the same family and are therefore brothers and sisters.

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All praise be yours, my Lord,
through all you have made,
and first my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day;
and through whom you give us light.
How beautiful is he, how radiant in all his splendor;
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.
All Praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Moon
and the stars; in the heavens you have made them,
bright, and precious, and fair.
All praise be yours, my Lord,
through Brothers wind and air, and fair and stormy,
all the weather's moods,
by which you cherish all that you have made.
All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Water,
so useful, humble, precious and pure.
All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you brighten up the night.
How beautiful is he, how cheerful!
Full of power and strength.
All praise be yours, my Lord, through our Sister
Mother Earth, who sustains us and governs us,
and produces various fruits with colored flowers
and herbs.

Quincy University promotes a genuine reverence and respect for Sister Mother Earth and all creatures.  Through the spirit of St. Francis one comes to recognize one’s interconnectedness, interrelatedness and interdependency with all of creation.  One then realizes that one has a moral responsibility to care for creation as creation cares for us.  A spirit of mutuality begins to develop, along with an aspiration to be in harmony with creation.   This, in turn, motivates one to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle.  

St. Francis possessed a unique sense of kinship with all of creation.  How different the world would be if we perceived this same interrelatedness.  We would express a genuine respect and reverence for each other and all of creation.  We would strive to live a more sustainable lifestyle.   We would promote a culture of life and not a culture of death.  As a University Community, we are committed to work toward ecological sustainability and environmental justice because we are all part of the same family and we are all a particular reflection of God’s goodness and beauty.
Peace and all good!

Peace and all good!
Father John Doctor, OFM
Vice President for Mission and Ministry