In Pope Francis’ letter, Laudato Sí: On Care for Our Common Home, in Chapter 6 on Ecological Education and Spirituality he states: “I would like to offer…a few suggestions for an ecological spirituality…I am interested in how such a spirituality can motivate us to a more compassionate concern for the protection of our world.” (#216)

February 2024: A New View of the Moon

On February 24th we will see the full moon. February’s typically cold, snowy weather in North America earned its full moon the name the Snow Moon. Storm moon and hunger moon are other common names.

From nursery rhymes to mythologies, we humans seem captivated by the moon. Or not. Many of us barely notice it in the sky – we take it for granted.  This short (3 minutes) award-winning film, A New View of the Moon, touches hearts in inspiring ways.  As the quote from Galileo at the beginning states: ”It is a beautiful and wondrous sight to behold the body of the moon.”

See what happens when a young man takes his telescope around the streets of Los Angeles to give passersby an up-close look at a familiar object: a new view of the moon. How does this touch your spirit? What in creation have you never really seen before? What in nature inspires awe in you?

A New View of the Moon: