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)

What exactly IS “ecological spirituality”?  The Sage Journal describes it this way: “Eco-spirituality brings together religion and environmental activism. It represents the spiritual connection between human beings and the environment, in response to the ecological crisis through embodied awareness and a relational view of person to planet, inner to outer and soul to soil. The essence of eco-spirituality is tending, dwelling, reverence and connectedness.”

Laudato Sí highlights in various ways this tending, dwelling, reverence and connectedness. We take action to protect that which we love. Check back here periodically for more resources and reflections on this spirituality. We invite you to watch the video Eco-Spirituality: Beauty, Reverence, Nature, Connection produced by the Tau Center of the Wheaton Franciscans:  What image(s) touched your heart?