My dear friends
i’ve spoken a fair bit along these lines in the past. my theories show that in the beginning man without sin would love and marvel at the brilliance, beauty and magnificence of all creation including creatures great annd small, all living things and indeed all of creation. It is sin that gives us a twisted attitude that somehow makes us believe the rest of creation is ours to do with as we please. We are not meant to dominate and deal with the rest of creation as we please. Rather we are to see it for what it is, a beautiful work of Gods fruitful love. We too are the fruits of Gods love. We have a very great duty to be responsible stewards of Gods precious gift of creation He has made for our benefit. God isLove, Pure living Love and loves all creation and not just us. We are to imitate God and love all creation as He does. We can use creation for our benefit but we must not abuse it. The difficulty we have with our fellow creatures and living things is that we have severely ruptured the equilibrium in our world and we are living unnaturally and out of harmony with nature. This is what causes all our trouble with the rest of creation. All living things on our planet have a right and purpose to be here. And it is wrong and harmful to ourselves and all creation to unnecessarily harm any living thing, or to abuse anything in creation. We should have an attitude that all the rest of creation is an equal to us. Ants are our brothers, rocks our sisters and so on. We are the ones who have done all the damage. I won’t keep going on. The goal of the spiritual life is to become as we were before the fall. The more we become like this the more our attitude towars eerything changes. We were made to love and the more we love the happier we are, and the greater will be our happiness in heaven. There are many stages in the spiritual life and degrees of sanctity. To be a saint is to be fully human and very loving- to live naturally and in harmony with nature. Mystical union leads to a love for all creation. If we would be perfect we must love as much as we can. Hard to do but as holiness increases our love increases and we begin to see things more clearly once the log starts to come out of our eye. The greatest saints had this vision of creation and teach us this is our goal. It is the height of pride to view ourselves as so superior to our fellow creatures and all of creation that we are its master and can deal with it as we like. Pope Benedict XVI gives a great talk along these lines here vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/audiences/2009/documents/hf_ben-xvi_aud_20090826_en.html
He also gave a great talk about the spirituality of St Bernard of Clairvaux recently asking that we get back his spirit of love for all creation which comes at the height of the spiritual life according to this great doctor.
We can read one of the greatest saints ever, St Francis of Assissi, to learn the appropriate dispositions we should have to all of creation too.
We are a part of creation and if we don’t love it all and treat it and use it as we’re meant to it is because we’re sick. We must strive harder for sanctity which opens our eyes to all.
What are your thoughts dear friends.
God bless all abundantly:thumbsup: