Responsibility for Creation According to the Encyclical Letter of Pope's Francis "Laudato Si“
In this article the main features of the responsibility for the creation origins main features in the Bible are described and in accordance with pope Francis encyclical letter Laudato Si, revealed the main aspects of resopnsibility for the creation: creating peace, educating and ecological spirituality. Possibilities of using the responsibility for creation development recommendations which are provided in the encyclical „Laudato Si“ in education of religion also are anticipated in this article. The conclusions of this theoretical study are presented at the end of the article.
Pope Francis, continuing the works of his predecessors St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, has released an encyclical letter dedicated to the link between nature and human ecology, about general home “Laudato Si”, in which he reveals the problems surrounding world‘s ecosystems and calls on Christians to take personal responsibility for the preservation of creation. The international agreements and declarations on climate change emphasize that nature conservation is the most important task of humankind, providing with environmental guidelines and highlighting sustainable development. It must cover three main areas: environmental, social and economic, where all of them are interpreted equally and relations are based on the rational use, conservation, restoration of natural resources and safe existence of every person. In his encyclical letter “Laudato Si”, Pope Francis welcomes these initiatives and comprehensively and reasonably raise them to the theological transcendent level. Thanks to this document, a person is empowered to take personal responsibility for creation entrusted to him in relationship of love with the Lord Creator.
Encyclical Laudato si is based on the characteristics of human responsibility for creation as set forth in The Holy Bible. In the Old Testament, the following main features of responsibility for creation are distinguished: man created according to the image and likeness of God, able to glorify God, to know himself and freely give himself to another, to be a wise master of creation. The New Testament introduces a new aspect of man‘s relationship with creation - the divine Deity of man.
Pope Francis particularly emphasizes the importance of family as the core of education. He sees family as a place of comprehensive education, where various aspects of the maturation of a person, closely related to one another, can spread. In a harmonious family, a child learns the first habits of respect for life and environment, and sustainable behavior. However, today‘s families face major challenges in the modern world and are often no longer able to fulfill their mission. Having grown up in incomplete, damaged families of unrelated relationships, without knowing true love and care, people fail to create healthy, sustainable families, where eternal values are passed on to children. That is why schools, the Church and the whole Christian community have a duty to raise awareness among the younger generation. This mission can be performed through beauty, sacred art, liturgy, practiced moderation, contemplative look into creation.