Loving Creation: Christian Spirituality, Earth-Centered and Just

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How can we bring about the profound conversion of mind and heart necessary to protect and preserve our planet at this critical point in history? Loving Creation shows that only when we are touched by God will we find new ways of relating to all other species and the Earth itself. Rich in tradition, the book draws from ancient and contemporary sources to fashion a holistic Christian spirituality that unites ecological concerns with social justice, personal struggles with those of the planet, theological reflection...

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Overview

How can we bring about the profound conversion of mind and heart necessary to protect and preserve our planet at this critical point in history? Loving Creation shows that only when we are touched by God will we find new ways of relating to all other species and the Earth itself. Rich in tradition, the book draws from ancient and contemporary sources to fashion a holistic Christian spirituality that unites ecological concerns with social justice, personal struggles with those of the planet, theological reflection with scientific findings, and everyday grace with global outreach.

Filled with stories and practical suggestions, Loving Creation prayerfully guides readers to a broader vision of Christian maturity and a solid hope in the Spirit's power to shape us into the people we are meant to be. It builds on the ecological thinking of recent decades, while taking a fresh look at key areas of an Earth-centered spirituality-emotion, imagination, wonder, desire, asceticism, and legacy. In the process, the book suggests ways to incorporate greater ecological awareness into classical spiritual practices and will provide the spiritual foundation for sustained ecological action.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809146031
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Who We Are Meant to Be 1

2 We Will Save What We Love 17

3 The Worth of a Single Sparrow 30

4 The Divine Face in All Faces 44

5 Where Wonder Leads Us 60

6 When Grief Gives Way to Hope 75

7 We Have Here a Lasting Home 91

8 Contemplation and the Care of Creation 107

9 The Transformation of Desire 121

10 A New Asceticism 136

11 In a Dark Time We Begin to See 152

12 A Legacy for Future Generations 167

Notes and Further Reading 183

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