Internal and External Ecology
“The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast. (“Evangelii Gaudium” 152) For this reason, the ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion… What all need is an “ecological conversion”, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them. Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience”.
From Pope Francis, “Laudato Si’” (2025) (216—217).
The full text of the Encyclical as available on-line at: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html