Restoring Our Natural Connection

2. Below are several excerpts from various Church documents on Caring for Creation. You will see that the Church has been very consistent on its teaching of our need to be stewards of this planet. Please read the following and reflect on its meaning  

  • From the Catholic Catechism- Respect for the integrity of creation:  The seventh commandment enjoins respect for the integrity of creation. Animals and plants are by nature destined for the common good of past, present, and future humanity. Man's dominion over inanimate and other living beings granted by the Creator is not absolute; it is limited by concern for the quality of life of his neighbor, including generations to come; it requires a religious respect for the integrity of creation.
  • From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops- Caring for God’s CreationWe show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of God’s creation. Care for the earth is a duty of our faith and a sign of our concern for all people. We should strive to live simply to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We have a moral obligation to protect the planet on which we live—to respect God’s creation and to ensure a safe and hospitable environment for human beings, especially children at their most vulnerable stages of development.
  • From Pope Benedict XVI- World Day of Peace 2010: Once man, instead of acting as God’s co-worker, sets himself up in place of God, he ends up provoking a rebellion on the part of nature... Man thus has a duty to exercise responsible stewardship over creation, to care for it
  • From Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home- Each creature possesses its own particular goodness and perfection... Each of the various creatures…reflects in its own way a ray of God’s infinite wisdom and goodness.


A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal.  Pope Francis, Laudato Si' 202

To better understand the teachings of the Catholic Church in regards to caring for creation please do the following.

1. Watch 3 short video clips:

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To put into action our call to be caretakers of this Earth God has given to us, it is important we do acts of service to help the environment. We call this “Stewardship”. Look at the list of ideas for stewardship projects below or create your own stewardship project that you will do in your local area that will help Care for Our Common Home.

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Congratulations on Earning Your Caring for Our Common Home Patch!

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How to Earn the Patch: The intention is that families, scouts, parishes, and schools can utilize these guidelines in assisting children ages 10+ years old in earning the Care for Our Common Home Patch. This will consist of an educational component to learn about Care for Our Common Home and a stewardship project to put into practice our call to care for this planet. When completed, simply go to our STORE and you can order your patches.

What is Laudato Si’ : Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home is an encyclical that Pope Francis wrote in 2015 to inform, encourage, and challenge people to better care for the creation that God has entrusted to us. The phrase Laudato Si’ is translated as “Praise Be to You” and is in reference to a prayer that St. Francis of Assisi wrote that praises God for all His creation. You can see the St. Francis Prayer
Here and an online version of Laudato Si’ by clickingHere

Who We Are: Laudato Si’ Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to further a conservation ethic among people while connecting them to their faith. Our mission is to restore humanity’s connection to the natural world through education, stewardship, and recreation. Thank You for Living Laudato Si’ through earning this patch

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An examen is a meditative form of prayer to reflect upon your actions and how they build up or tear down the Kingdom of God. Prayerfully read through and reflect on the following: Ecological Examen by: Joseph Carver, SJ

Earning the Care for Our Common Home Patch

Guidelines for Ages 10+

Reflective Prayer

  • All creation reflects the beauty and blessing of God's image. Where was I most aware of this today?

  • Can I identify and pin-point how I made a conscious effort to care for God's creation during this day?

  • What challenges or joys do I experience as I recall my care for creation?

  • How can I repair breaks in my relationship with creation, in my unspoken sense of superiority?

  • As I imagine tomorrow, I ask for the grace to see the Incarnate Christ in the dynamic interconnections of all Creation.