The desperate, frantic, and anxious character of much of our lives, as well as the languishing of many of the earth’s habitats, suggests that we have not yet learned what it is to be creation. We have not yet attuned our lives to the creator’s intention and so joined our fate to the fate of creation as a whole…. We will not enjoy each other and the earth until we come to a clear understanding of the meaning of creation and our place within it. Destruction and injustice, in other words, are the fruit of a malformed account of creation. It is only as we come to understand ourselves as creatures before God, and then act upon that knowledge, that we will experience the peace of creation.
The Paradise of God