Lived together, Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) form a ‘caring for creation’ spirituality, a way of living life in the Spirit. As followers of St Francis of Assisi, we Franciscans feel ourselves called to live this spirituality, and by caring for our sister-mother earth and for the relationships between all people on earth, we work to bring about the Kingdom of God, where all are valued and cherished.
When Christians pray the words of Christ, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” we are praying that each of these values – Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation – bears fruit as Jesus desired.
In JPIC ministry, we are committed to focus on three areas at this time: peace & reconciliation; environmental justice & ecology; and collaboration among the services of the Order, especially JPIC, formation, and evangelisation.
Creation and Prayer
God is revealed in his creation – all of nature is God’s sacrament. In the Franciscan tradition creation is seen as God’s ‘first book’ that speaks of God to us, a visible book – if we but could read it with the ‘eyes of the Spirit’ as St Francis would say.
St Francis sought out beautiful places in solitude so that surrounded by the goodness and majesty of the Creator he might more easily enter into commuion with his God.
“Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures!’
Check out the Franciscan site: Praying Nature