There is reason to
hope that humanity
at the dawn of the
will be remembered
for having generously
shouldered its grave
“Sabbath, using it to rest and worship. Doing so will renew us in our com- mitment to nurture both creation and human dignity.
The sacraments are a privileged
way in which nature is taken
up by God to become a means
of mediating supernatural life.
Through our worship of God,
we are invited to embrace the
world on a different plane.
Water, oil, fire and colors are
taken up in all their symbolic
power and incorporated in our
act of praise.
. . . Christian spirituality in-
corporates the value of relax-
ation and festivity. We tend to
demean contemplative rest as
something unproductive and
unnecessary, but this is to do
away with the very thing which
given talents), we can be part of the
process of healing the planet.
celebrate, and rest.
Yes, you read that right. Pope Francis ends his lengthy, intricate letter
reminding us that a connection exists
between a sense of celebration and festivity and our honor for God, nature,
and the Eucharist. Furthermore he
reminds us that we need to guard the
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is most important about work:
its meaning. . . . . Rest opens
our eyes to the larger picture
and gives us renewed sensitivity to the rights of others. And
so the day of rest, centered on
the Eucharist, sheds it light on
the whole week, and motivates
us to greater concern for nature
and the poor (sec. 237).
The mission to care for creation is part
of each human being’s essential vocation. As Pope Francis puts it in the
final paragraph of Laudato si’: “God,
who calls us to generous commitment and to give him our all, offers
us the light and the strength needed
to continue on our way. . . . His love
constantly impels us to find new ways
forward. Praise be to him!” =
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