I think one of the most accessible aspects of Catholic teaching is the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). These themes are focused on how we should build a just society and live out our universal call to holiness and they provide us framework for approaching the challenges of our world, both locally, nationally and globally.
Most Catholics are familiar with the foundational theme life and dignity of the human person which “proclaims human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.” (USSCB website – https://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching)
The seventh theme of CST, and one that not everyone may know is included, centers on care for creation. This Care for God’s Creation teaching has been built up through multiple documents in the past 30 years and Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ released in 2015 further proclaims the urgent moral responsibility we have to care for our environment.
You can learn more about the scripture and tradition that informs the CST of caring for God’s creation here: https://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/care-for-creation
As the blog title “Creation Care Journey” conveys, I am on a journey living out this responsibility of our faith and am grateful to join with you on this path of learning, reflection, prayer, and action.