May 19-26th 2024

Quotations chosen by Ephata Laudato Si’ a faith based environmental group in Down and Connor Diocese


ASt Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life…  (1)
b…. other living Beings have a value of their own in God’s eyes: ‘by their mere existence they Bless him and give him glory.’ (69)
CSociety as a whole and the state in particular are obliged to defend and promote the Common Good. (157)
dIt is our humble conviction that the Divine and the human meet in the slightest detail in the seamless garment of God’s creation, in last speck of dust of our planet. (90)
EThe Spirit of life dwells in every living creature and calls us to enter into relationship with him. Discovering this presence leads us to cultivate the ‘Ecological virtue’.  (88)
F…. when we exclude God from our lives or replace with our own ego and think that our subjective  Feelings can define what is right or wrong. (224)
Ginter Generational – What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after

us, to children who are growing up now (160)

H…. young people …. have grown up in a milieu of extreme consumerism and affluence which makes it difficult to develop other Habits. (209)
ISince everything is interrelated, …. I suggest …. an Integral ecology, one which clearly respects it’s human and social dimensions. (137)
JIn today’s context, “inJustices abound, and growing numbers of people are deprived of basic human rights and considered expendable” (158)
KNature is nothing other than a certain Kind of art, namely God’s art, impressed upon things …  (80)
LLove, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care … seeks to build a better world. (231)
MThere is a Mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face. (233)
NThe Natural Environment is a collective good the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone. (95)
O…. the way natural ecosystems work is exemplary…  significant quantities of Organic waste give rise to new generations of plants. (22)
PAll it takes is one good Person to restore hope. (71)
QChristian Spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the Quality of life and encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep engagement free of the obsession of consumption. (222)
RWhat is needed is an ‘ecological conversion’, whereby the effects of encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in Relationship with the world. (217)
SAn integral ecology includes taking time to recover a Serene harmony with creation …. and contemplating the Creator who lives among us and surrounds us … (225)
TTransparent political processes involving a free exchange of views. (182)
U…. in the bread of the Eucharist ‘creation is projected towards divinisation, … towards Unification with the Creator himself. (236)
V…. caring for the environment and protecting those who are most Vulnerable. (198)
WThrough our Worship of God, we are invited to embrace the world on a different plane.  (235)


The principle of maXimiZation of profits, frequently isolated from other considerations, reflects a misunderstanding of the very concept of the economy. (195)
YYoung people have a new ecological sensitivity and a generous spirit and some of them are making admirable efforts to protect the environment … yet we are faced with an educational challenge. (209)