Ecological Spirituality

Laudato Si' Action Platform

In the course of everyday life, we can witness and celebrate our amazing universe — in a sunrise, birdsong, the scent of spring , or the unique pattern of each snowflake. As we appreciate these things, large and small, we can develop a vast gratitude for all that has been gifted to us and for our inclusion in the great diversity of life. From this vantage point, we can acknowledge the distinctness of each thing, each person, but also our unity with all earthly creatures and entities.

Connection to the natural world, on any scale, can invite us into communion that touches a deep well of resonance in the soul. Whether you love the outdoors or prefer a bouquet of cut flowers, the spirit/essence of creation is all around us.

"The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face. The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior
to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul, but also
to discover God in all things."

Laudato Si' 233

Through the lens of ecological spirituality, care for the natural world is also an act of self-love and love for all humanity — transcending race, class, culture, religion. But just as any spiritual or religious devotion, ecological spirituality requires personal conversion and thoughtful practice. Start creating connections by engaging the natural world and the people you encounter each day with a goal to recognize God in all things.

Consider a simple walk in the woods or along the shore. Take a look out your window; what creatures and elements can you greet and give thanks for? Try a guided nature meditation alone or in a group, inside or out. Also, you can bring others into this practice through liturgies, faith education events, retreats and other programs that incorporate creation themes or take place in a natural setting.

“We choose and commit ourselves anew to witness to God’s desire for the transformation of human hearts, human relationships and all creation.”

— Sisters of the Holy Cross

Learn.   Pray.   Discern.

Sisters of the Holy Cross invites you to continue the journey with us as we respond to ecological spirituality and lean into what we can each do to better care for our common home. 

You can download a copy of Laudato Si for free or purchase a copy from your favorite bookseller. 

Suggested readings from Laudato Si':

In Laudato Si', Pope Francis invites all people, not just members of the church, to enter into dialogue about our common home (LS 3). This self-guided workshop on “Ecological Spirituality” is an opportunity for you to connect with your own experiences and reflect on where you are being called to act. You are invited to prayerfully spend time with the following readings from Laudato Si':

  • paragraph 202: Ecological Spirituality
  • paragraph 216-221: Ecological Conversion
  • paragraph 222-227: Joy and Peace

Ecological Spirituality Workshop

Ask Yourself 

Where did you feel God’s presence in creation today?

How can you promote a spirit of wonder, awe, praise, thanksgiving and joy to care for our common home?

How can you incorporate ecological spirituality practices into your weekly prayer routine?

Prayer for Ecological Spirituality

Creator God, 

You sent your son to live among us, under the same sun and stars, breathing the same air, amidst the same beautiful and holy creation you gifted us. Grant us the wisdom to care for this earth, the strength to be protectors of our common home, and the responsibility to act for future generations. Help us to restore ourselves and our planet through an ecological spirituality grounded in your power and love. 


Continue this Journey with Us

Consider inviting others by sharing these resources, leading group discussions, or share on social media.

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Together, we can journey toward a better future.

Our time is now.