Fr. John Leydon, MSSC believes Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ has revolutionized the way the Catholic Church views God’s creation.(Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián)
Fr. John Leydon of the Missionary Society of St. Columban (MSSC) is happy that in his Laudato Si’, Pope Francis reminds the faithful about another means through which the Creator chooses to communicate His will to mankind: His Creation.
“Laudato Si’ is a revolutionary document by a revolutionary Pope. It has brought back to our awareness something that the Church has forgotten, or at least failed to emphasize, since the time of Thomas Aquinas,” said the Columban who is a known vocal opponent of the controversial Manila Bay reclamation project.
Fr. Leydon, an Irish missionary, has served in the Philippines since the 1970s and speaks Tagalog fluently.
“It is that apart from Sacred Scripture and Tradition, God also speaks to us through His Creation,” he said in a recent interview.
Citing paragraph 85 of the papal document on the care for our common home, the priest pointed out that God manifests Himself not only through pages of the Holy Book, nor only through the oral teachings Christians have received from the Apostles, but also through the beauty of the sunset, the flowers, and so on.
Laudato Si’ 85 reads: God has written a precious book, whose letters are the multitudes of created things present in the universe.
According to the encyclical by Pope Francis, Christians can now declare that alongside revelation properly so-called contained in sacred Scripture, “there is a divine manifestation in the blaze of the sun and the fall of night.”