Pope Tells Parents And Kids: Get Outside!
The hugely popular movement to re-connect children with nature has reached the Pope!
Pope Benedict XVI is encouraging parents to teach their children to value nature. The Pope made his plea on Sunday, July 10, after praying the midday Angelus with pilgrims gathered at the summer papal residence at Castel Gandolfo.
Contemplate The Splendors Of Creation
As first reported in Zenit, in speaking to the French-speaking faithful, he said,
“I would like to recommend that during this time of vacation, you revivify your spirits by contemplating the splendors of Creation.”
Teach Your Children To See Nature
“Parents,” he said, “teach your children to see nature, respect and protect it as a magnificent gift that presents to us the grandeur of the Creator!”
Alluding to the Gospel for that day, in which Jesus proclaims the parable of the sower, the Holy Father added that with parables, “Jesus used the language of nature to explain to his disciples the mysteries of the Kingdom.”
“May the images he uses become familiar to us,” he said. “Let us remember that the divine reality is hidden in our daily lives like the seed in the soil. May it bear fruit in us! I wish you all a good Sunday!”
As the author of Get Out!, a book packed with ideas to get our kids off the couch and into the Great Outdoors, I believe strongly that it’s important for all of us to be connected with nature. And I am thrilled that Pope Benedict is embracing the same cause!
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