In his letter for this year’s Season of Creation, the theme of which is ‘Listen to the voice of creation’ Pope Francis says that as we listen, we can hear in the voice of creation a discordant note: a sweet song in praise of the Creator; and, an anguished plea, lamenting our mistreatment of this our common home. She weeps and implores us to put an end to our abuses and to her destruction. Fr. Claude Mostowik MSC writes.
Natural mysticism by Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton expert Kick Bras wrote a book about the natural mysticism of Merton. How has that changed his own view on climate, sustainability and nature? In the notebooks of the famous American Trappist monk Thomas Merton (1915-1968) we discover a natural mysticism and an ecological ethics. These are not only reflected in the books Merton wrote, but also in his diaries published twenty years after his death. In lyrical terms, the monk describes how he experiences nature and what it means for his contemplative life.