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Stewardship of Creation

Caring for the Earth

As people of faith, we are convinced that "the earth is the Lord’s and all it holds" (Ps 24:1). Our Creator has given us the gift  of creation: the air we breathe, the water that sustains life, the fruits of the land that nourish us, and the entire web of life without which human life cannot flourish. All of this God created and found "very good."

We believe our actions towards the environment and natural resources should be a sign of our respect for God's creation. We are called to “renew the face of the earth” (Ps:104:30) and seek out those practices that sustain life for all.

In his 2010 World Day of Peace message, Pope Benedict XVI expressed the integral link between our social and natural world: "If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation."

There he stated: "Man’s inhumanity to man has given rise to numerous threats to peace and authentic and integral human development… Yet no less troubling are the threats arising from neglect – if not downright misuse – of the earth and the natural goods God has given us. For this reason, it is imperative that mankind renew and strengthen that covenant between human beings and the environment, which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying."

How can rural America, and people close to the land everywhere, demonstrate this blessed covenant between ourselves and the earth? We believe this can be notably expressed through the attitudes of gratitude, generosity, and stewardship of the land.

These three virtues should pervade our relationship to the land. We ask farmers, scientists, researchers, priests and bishops, men and woman religious, and many others working together to determine the best paths forward. We look with hope to renewing the face of the earth.

Please review the MENU items at right to learn what others are doing to "mirror the creative love of God" and lead us on this journey to a renewed earth.








Catholic Coalition on Climate Change

Catholic Models of Ecological Sustainability

Faith-Based Study Guide on Climate Change

Principles for Stewardship of the Land

Religious Communities on the Land

Water: A Sacramental Commons for All