July 6, 2015: As New As Tomorrow’s News

~by Susi Pittman

It was 2008, and I had started writing my book Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know! working from several boxes of retained research and antique books…many of them Roman Catholic books on various topics, most of them leading me to the Church’s tradition and teachings on redeemed creation. The jest of the work…that God the Creator who brought forth everything that is from nothingness, cares about mankind and all of His creation and that Jesus Christ redeems mankind and animals and the whole of creation.

Perhaps the only sticky point of contention, being the debate among theologians as to when that redemption for creation comes…at the moment that life ceases or at the End of Time. Suffice it to say that redemption is promised!

My book was published in 2009 and continues today to be available through any major book seller nationally and internationally.

Fast forward to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, Chapter Two, The Gospel of Creation, VII. The Gaze of Jesus, Paragraphs 99-100, in particular, which continues to affirm what has been written in Animals In Heaven? Catholics Want To Know!

We as Catholics need to embrace a Catholic Spiritual Ecology, one that we find in the words of Pope Benedict XVI:

Not only nature has its orders, its forms of life that we have to heed if we want to live by and in it, man too is essentially a creature and has a creaturely order. He can’t arbitrarily make anything he wants out of himself. In order to be able to live from within, he must acknowledge himself as a creature and realize that there must be a sort of inner purity to his creatureliness, spiritual ecology, if you will. If this core of ecology is not grasped, everything else will continue to get worse. The eighth chapter of the Letter to the Romans says this very plainly. (Salt of the Earth: The Church at the End of the Millennium, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Ignatius Press, 1997)

I encourage you to order your copy today. It is a book that families can retain and share for generations, as its message is one that is ever old but, always new.

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Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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