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Care for Creation: A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth [Paperback]

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Pages   226
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.68" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 26, 2008
Publisher   ST ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
ISBN  0867168382  
EAN  9780867168389  


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"If we are blowing our Franciscan horn here, it should have been blown much earlier and much louder! This is the wisdom that our world so desires and needs today." - Father Richard Rohr Francis of Assisi is the saint most closely identified with caring for and celebrating the things of the earth. This book takes both a theological and practical approach to developing a Franciscan spirituality of the earth. Four sections focus on: the relationship between the earth as God's creation and Jesus as the Incarnation of God; the implication of Francis' Canticle of Creation for our time; the role of contemplative prayer as a key to discovering Francis' awe and respect for creation; and conversion in the Franciscan tradition. Each section offers reflective action opportunities designed to bring the book's ecological and theological insights into the reader's daily life and nurture a Franciscan spirituality of the earth. Prayers, meditations, spiritual practices and group activities are offered which provide a practical, hands-on approach to reconnecting with the earth and acting in right relationship.

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If we are blowing our Franciscan horn here, it should have been blown much earlier and much louder This is the wisdom that our world so desires and needs today. We can no longer see ourselves as separate from the 'great chain of being, ' and we can no longer see this as a non-religious issue. Francis intuited all of this 800 years ago. --Father Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Three of the greatest minds in Franciscan theology, Ilia Delio, O.S.F., Franciscan Keith Douglass Warner, O.F.M., and Pamela Wood, come together to discuss one of the greatest crises of our time--the destruction of the Earth. This book takes both a theological and practical approach to developing a Franciscan spirituality of the earth. Four sections highlight the distinct relationships creation has with the world: incarnation, community, contemplation and conversion. In this meticulously researched book, the authors propose ways in which we can all understand our own roles in relationship to the Earth and ways in which we can make it better.
Each section offers reflective action opportunities designed to bring the book's ecological and theological insights into the reader's daily life and nurture a Franciscan spirituality of the earth. Prayers, meditations, spiritual practices and group activities are offered which provide a practical hands-on approach to reconnecting with the earth and acting in right relationship.
"Earth, with all its creatures, is in crisis. And responding to this crisis will require every possible resource of our human community. One of the most precious of these resources is the Franciscan tradition. It is a joy to welcome this book as a wise, thoughtful, inspiring and practical contribution to ecological theology, grounded in ancient Christian tradition that sees Earth as our sister and mother. "Care for Creation" is part of a wider retrieval of Franciscan theology for our new time, but is unique in this blend of three interrelated disciplines, scientifically informed ecology, theology and the practice of reflective action." --From the Foreword by Denis Edwards

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More About Ilia Delio, Keith Douglass Warner, Pamela Wood & Denis Edwards

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ILIA DELIO, O.S.F., is associate professor of ecclesiastical history and director of spirituality studies at the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. She wrote Franciscan Prayer and The Humility of God: A Franciscan Perspective (St. Anthony Messenger Press), Crucified Love: Bonaventure's Mysticism of the Crucified Christ (Franciscan Press) and Simply Bonaventure: An Introduction to His Life, Thoughts and Writing (New City Press).

Ilia Delio currently resides in Washington, DC.

Ilia Delio has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Studies in Franciscanism


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Francis Has Gone Green?  Jun 26, 2009
Francis is ever 'green' in his understanding of the interelationships of all of creation. As a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity, I salute the authors' passionate efforts to inspire deep communal conversion grounded in solid information about ecology, theology and action.
 
Engaging and personally challenging  Dec 16, 2008
I am using this book in a book discussion and we are all finding it to be very engaging in terms of the writing styles and approaches of the three authors. The scientific input is very straightforward and pertinent to the focus of the respective sections. The Franciscan input is accurate and insightful, but tends to be a bit "circular" in style. The final component of each section is the practical, prayerful and meditative section which is very challenging to one's personal and spiritual growth for the good of Creation. This book is very usable for parishes and study groups, for classrooms (post-secondary), and for personal study and reflection.
 
Must-Read  Aug 11, 2008
A blend of three streams: ecological / theological and practical - all from a Franciscan perspective. Well worth the read - and more importantly, reflecting on the points in the book and taking action.
 
Comprehensive work of immense value  Jul 3, 2008
Care for Creation addresses "the ecological devastation of our time" in terms of environmental science, Franciscan spirituality, and reflective action. Though environmental problems seem overwhelming, the authors write, personal and cultural transformation are possible through knowledge, prayer, and faith formation. The knowledge component is presented by Warner, a lecturer and researcher in environmental studies. His chapters are filled with definitions, explanations, and examples that help even novices grasp the current situation and implications for the future. The prayer and spirituality component is provided by Delio, a professor of spirituality studies and author of several books on Franciscan spirituality. Her chapters in Care for Creation deal with ecological topics in view of Franciscan theology, drawing on the life of Francis, the writings of Clare, and the theology of Bonaventure. Reflective action chapters are the work of Wood, an art therapist, spiritual director, and retreat leader. She offers guided meditations, prayers, and practical steps for individuals, small groups, and organizations. Two appendixes contain guidelines for engaging in reflective action and preparing for guided prayer experiences. Another gives the formula for calculating individual carbon emissions. Chapter notes, a resource list, and an index are included.

This is a solid, comprehensive work of immense value to individuals, faith-sharing groups, and institutions wishing to better understand today's ecological issues and work toward a "right relationship" with Creation.
 
Pat P.  Apr 21, 2008
An excellent example of our connectedness on this finite planet and ways we can learn to appreciate and care for what we have. There are too many of us, including myself until recently, that take our planet for granted. "It's" now objecting to our mistreatment and we must awaken!
 

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