TH 23 - Care for Our Common Home
From the beginning of Creation, God tasks humanity “to cultivate and care for” the Earth (Genesis 2:15). Humanity, therefore, receives the gift of stewardship. In this divinely appointed role, according to Pope Francis, “we can see God reflected in all that exists, [and] our hearts are moved to praise the Lord for all his creatures” (Laudato Si, 87). This stewardship role will be explored first through the missionary lens before investigating how it applies to the care for our common home. Participants will review the specific language of Laudato Si and discover a specific application to astronomy. Participants finally will design an Opus Laudis (Work of Praise) to discuss how they will put the teachings of Laudato Si into practice.
5 Lessons - Pass/Fail
Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:
1. Recognize the importance of an evangelizing nature.
2. Investigate the formation dimensions (human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral).
3. Define the term the New Evangelization.
4. Understand the historical development of the term: New Evangelization.
5. Trace the history of Church teaching centered on being stewards of Creation.
6. Discover that both faith and science are conversations about the Universe.
7. Plan an Opus Laudis (Word of Praise) for putting the teaching of Laudato Si into practice.
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