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A Civilisation of Love

A civilisation of love is everyone’s dream. It is also the dream of God. It was the dream of Jesus, who commanded us to love one another as he loves us. It is the task of the Holy Spirit – with our participation – to bring about this civilisation of love. God’s dream cannot be otherwise, since God is love, and all relationships emanating from God are relationships of love.

We live as one family in a common home, of which both the members and the contents are entrusted to us by God. This is Laudato Si’s mystical way of seeing the world. There is a generosity all around us: we are caught into ‘a universal fraternity that inspires us to love and accept the wind, the sun and the clouds’ (228). ‘Nature herself is filled with words of love.’ (224). We are to reciprocate that love.

Excerpted from Finding God in a Leaf: The Mysticism of Laudato Si’ by Brian Grogan SJ (p. 47)