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Environmental Spirituality: What Is The Meeting Point Between Faith and Creation? — 4 Comments

  1. Fr. James Kurzynski
    Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 painting The Starry Night could be considered an artistic expression of Environmental Spirituality
    The artist expressed the seamless flowing universe interconnectivity between stars above and earthly landscapes and structures. An underlying universe Heisenberg vacuum uncertainty could be an indication of Trinitarian structure supporting this interconnectivity. The Divine Mercy Image provides some geometric guidance in this regard.,_1934).jpg
    The material world (and us in it) is guided by this resonant elastic structure in a perfecting manner against the forces of entropic material disorder. This structured vacuum goes against conventional scientific reasoning that envisions a random chaotic foaming vacuum.

  2. Dear Fr. James,
    Thank you for your post on Environmental Spirituality. I’ve enjoyed all of your articles and I felt moved to respond to this one because it touches on topics that I’ve thought about for a while. First, I wish to respond to your concern with an environmental spirituality. After I read G.K. Chesterton’s biography of St. Francis of Assisi it put to rest any concerns I may have had on how to embrace my Catholic faith and a view of the world that includes “Sir Brother Sun” and “Sister Moon”, that is recognizing that we have a familial, though estranged, relationship with all of creation.

    I also feel that the Incarnation must be part of understanding the environment, in fact part of our understanding of all that exists. I am reminded of the beginning of John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son”. Both as giving in the Incarnation and the Crucifixion this speaks of a loving God, a God who wants to give everything, even his only Son, out of love. What strikes me is the recipient of this love is the world. This implies that the world is capable of receiving such a gift, that the world is receptive to receiving the Supreme Good, the Son of God. It seems to me that this says something about the nature and purpose of the Universe in which we live, something I’m still trying to understand.

    My response to this is to try to develop and maintain a sacramental worldview, to be receptive to God’s grace, to humbly receive and not grasp at what I’m given as if I’m owed anything, to see God’s hand at work through creation, and join creation in praising God.

    • Leonard!

      Thank you for the response. It sounds like you may also like to read my post: The Self-Gift Of Creation: An Insight Into The Cosmology Of Saint John Paul II. St. JP II’s understanding of creation as God’s “givenness” is quite fascinating. Thanks for your thoughts!

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