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Pope Benedict XVI during general audition. May 2, 2007. Own work. Tadeusz Górny. Permission. Public domain. I, the copyright holder of this work, release this work into the public domain. This applies worldwide. This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons.

By Matthew J. Ramage, Ph.D., Catholic World Report, May 24, 2024

Matthew J. Ramage, Ph.D., is Professor of Theology at Benedictine College where he is co-director of its Center for Integral Ecology. His research and writing concentrates especially on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, the wedding of ancient and modern methods of biblical interpretation, the dialogue between faith and science, and stewardship of creation. …

“Those who can recognize in the cosmos the reflections of the Creator’s invisible face tend to have a greater love for creatures and greater sensitivity to their symbolic value.” This was central lessons imparted by Pope Benedict XVI in his poignant homily for the 2010 World Day of Peace.

In the first several entries of this column, I’ve mused on the Church’s ancient vision of the created order as a visible manifestation of the Triune Lord who made it. Drawing especially on the insights of Benedict XVI, I now wish to unpack some crucial implications that follow when we get to know creation as God’s “other book.” In the passage I’ve just quoted, the pontiff suggested that those who grasp the world’s character as a natural sacrament of the divine presence are by that very fact more likely to express love for other creatures in action. …

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