It is always a delight to walk through the grounds of Minsteracres during this time of the year when the natural world shows its abundance of new life. The trees in the fields and woodlands, the flowers and the chorus of birds; they reveal the beauty of creation.

For the religious minded person this expression of life points at the author of life and reveals something of the love that surrounds us.

Saying this, I am aware that the natural world is under threat. We all know about climate change, pollution and consumerist attitudes that do damage to the earth and undermine human existence itself.

Last year Pope Francis dedicated a special document to this issue. He entitled it ‘Laudato si’ after the first words of the Canticle of Creation of St. Francis of Assisi. In this document the Pope analyses the current situation and points at the challenges. He also invites us to relate in a more compassionate way to the world that surrounds us. During the Year of Mercy we are challenged to assume an attitude of mercy and compassion that extends to all that exists.

At Minsteracres we express this through the way we try to be more sustainable in the way we live and in the way we look after the estate that is entrusted to our care. This will enable generations to come to enjoy the beauty of this part of creation and give praise to God. Laudato si, Signore mio!