Creation is of the order of love. God’s love is the fundamental moving force in all created things. (Pope Francis, ‘Laudato Si’, 2015, n.77)
With the rise of the industrial world, over the last couple of centuries, more and more men and women have become urbanised and as result more disconnected from Nature. We have come to see ourselves as the masters of Nature, with the Earth being an object for us to use to make our lives more comfortable. In this process, we have lost our connection with God’s presence in the Universe. Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si: On care for Our Common Home, invites us to reunite with God in the Earth, in the whole universe. In this ministry, Being with God in Nature, we provide a variety of opportunities for people to spend time in a group, at times in silence, listening to God’s presence in Nature. We will do this by taking people out into the Australian wilderness as well as experiencing Nature in our urban settings.
The entire material Universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains; everything is, as it were, a caress of God. (Pope Francis, ‘Laudato Si’, 2015, n.84).