Pope Francis uses the phrase the “cry of the earth” a few times in Laudato Si’. For example, take paragraph 53:
These situations have caused sister earth, along with all the abandoned of our world, to cry out, pleading that we take another course.
I have always thought of this phrase to mean that the earth is crying out because of the damage we are doing to it. We need to hear the cry of the earth and confront the ecological crisis.
In addition to that context, though, could we also consider that the earth is crying out in sorrow for us? We have become so divorced from nature that we not only inflict harm on our earth, but also fail to recognize its beauty and how it reflects our Creator. We are a part of nature, yet we’ve created a division between us and are suffering ourselves because of it.
Let us become more attuned to the cry of the earth, both to remedy our destructive behavior and reconnect with the natural world.