Welcome to this resource site for the book:
Following St. Francis: John Paul II’s Call to Ecological Action
Rizzoli Ex Libris, 2014, ISBN: 978-0-8478-4271-1, Hardcover,
Also available in Ebook form!
To read a sample and order a copy, visit Rizzoli.
Pope John Paul II repeatedly proclaimed that the “ecological crisis” is a moral crisis, and this book lays out the Scriptural, ethical, and Catholic reasons why: how all people of faith have a mandate to care, to think, and to act to care for all the people, species, and systems of the planet for the present and future. More importantly, he said that the ecological crises are spiritual opportunities to grow closer to God, by seeking “Peace with God the Creator, Peace with All of Creation.”
The pope showed us how caring for God’s creation is also caring for the poor, for they are the first and most relentlessly to suffer from environmental destruction. This book offers practical stories of hope and restoration — how following St. Francis’ model of service to God, the poor, and all the world’s peoples and species can renew the face of the earth.
Bill McKibben was kind enough to offer a forward, which challenges us all. The insights of the ecologist, land ethicist and author Aldo Leopold are also woven through the book, providing additional confirmation of the wisdom of Pope John Paul II.
I hope you like it. Though the book is of course for Catholics, it is not just for them — it offers insights about the flow of spiritual and physical energies through the world and how to live more in harmony with God the Creator and all of creation, including each other.
Blessings on your ongoing journey of living out your ecological vocation more fully, deeply, faithfully, and joyfully.