Part of the Christian congregation, in relation to the communion of being with its environment, in the face of the environmental crisis in which we are immersed, largely due to the actions of exploitation of natural resources by human beings on the planet, it is worth asking, not only as individuals and citizens, but also as baptized Christians, sons and daughters of the same Church, what is the spiritual and theological perspective to which human beings are invited to mitigate and reverse, as far as possible, the damage done to our common home.
It is on the horizon of this question that this concept arises, as a way of enriching current theological reflections on ecology and care for the environment. Thus, what is proposed here presents three theological categories that are proposed as elements that can illuminate a reflection on creation, namely: communion as a symbol of the harmony of creation; the work of God and the work of the human being; and the centrality of the human being in the created work.
To develop the proposal, a dynamic and dialogical exercise is carried out, defined between the two creation stories of Genesis and the contemplation to attain love of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, in which the most important aspects are extracted to nourish the understanding of each of the categories from the biblical aspect and from the spiritual-Christian contribution.
From this we conclude that the human being is essential in creation, not as its dominator nor as its excessive exploiter, but as the one who works for its care from the perspective of communion and respectful love.
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