Do you know when the term “ecological conversion” was first used? “God made man the steward of creation” is the title that Pope John Paul II used for the general audience on January 17, 2001 when, for the first time in history, the term “ecological conversion” was used by a Pope.
As stewards of creation, we are called to contemplate the beauty of the world and recognize our responsibility in preserving and protecting the Earth through which Christ is at work.
WATCH: In this excerpt from The Letter, Pope Francis talks about his own ecological conversion
In this first week of Advent, we are invited to “convert”. We invite you to reflect on our call to care for Creation, to respond to God’s call to be stewards of this earth that is our common home in which God himself chose to become incarnate and, as man, revealed to us his overflowing love. Just as He came to care for us and redeem us, we are called to care for the earth and rejoice that it too is redeemed by Him.