Today, September 1, 2016, we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation as declared by Pope Francis.
In the beginning of St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises (The First Principle and Foundation) Ignatius makes it abundantly clear that he views all of creation as having their end "…the praise, reverence and service of God”—that God uses everything in creation as a means for us to grow into union with God.
And so, when the first book of Genesis relates how God gave all created things—all of creation to humankind, it was never with the intention for us to use (and often abuse) creation at will, but far more about our invitation to accept all of creation as God's gift through and by which we might be drawn deeper into relationship with God.
As we celebrate this day, Pope Francis writes, “The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvelous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”
Here's a couple of links that you might be interested in enjoying. The first link is to a nicely done video with Pope Francis about the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and the second link is to a podcast with John O’Keefe and Wendy M. Wright from Creighton University as they discuss Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’.