In the spring of 2015, Pope Francis published the encyclical Laudato Si on the care of the common house. In it the Holy Father calls all mankind, believer and non-believer to collaborate in the “urgent challenge of protecting our common home” as well as “uniting the whole human family in the search for sustainable and integral development, because we know that things can change. ”(LS 13)
And in point 219 he gives us the key to face the challenge: “Social problems are answered with community networks, not with the mere sum of individual goods:« The demands of this task will be so enormous, that there is no way to satisfy them with the possibilities of individual initiative and the union of individuals trained in individualism. A meeting of forces and an accomplishment unit will be required ». The ecological conversion that is required to create a lasting dynamism of change is also a community conversion ”(LS 219).
The creation in the Catholic Church, beginning with the Archdiocese of Madrid, of a foundation, of a new community whose object is the custody of creation, is a call to holiness through the care of a nature that is “expression of a project of love and truth. She precedes us and has been given to us by God as a sphere of life. He tells us about the Creator and his love for humanity. It is destined to find “fullness” in Christ at the end of time. She too, therefore, is a “vocation.” (CiV 48)
In order to live the vocation to which the Pope invites us, it is necessary first of all to be educated in contemplation, in “perceiving that each creature singing the hymn of its existence is to live joyfully in the love of God and hope” (LS85), And secondly in the functioning of natural ecosystems that is exemplary (LS22). It is of this contemplation coupled with its study and understanding from which you can take an active part in taking care of our Common House.
The Catholic Church is not only the largest community in the world, but also the largest global organization. That is why it is important to create networks, communities and structures that on the one hand contribute to “stimulate and sustain the“ ecological conversion ”, which in recent decades has made humanity more sensitive with respect to the catastrophe towards which it was heading (Juan Paul II) ”and, on the other, constantly invite us to act with“ a generous and tender care ”from“ gratitude and gratitude ”to the recognition of the world as a gift received from the Father’s love” (LS220).