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Earth Spirituality: In the Catholic and Dominican Traditions by Sharon Therese Zayac, OP (Springfield)
Director of Jubilee Farm
(Issue No. 1; June 2003) Observing that “many Christians struggle with an Earth-centered spirituality (ecospirituality), a spirituality that places humans within the context of creation and not at its apex,” Sharon Zayac, OP, traces Catholic social teaching and the history of Catholicism and finds that our Catholic Christian faith “provides a rich heritage of Earth spirituality.” She notes that as a modern culture, “we have lost the understanding of our relationship to the rest of creation, an understanding that was common to all just a few short centuries ago.… Reclaiming our image of an immanent God bound up with everything on this planet must become our metaphor, if life is to survive.”
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