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Partnering with God in the advancement of creation (#7)

7. Business leaders have a special role to play in the unfolding of creation—they not only provide goods and services and constantly improve them through innovating and harnessing science and technology, but they also help to shape organizations that will extend this work into the future. Blessed John Paul II reminded us in Laborem Exercens: “Man, created in the image of God, shares by his work in the activity of the Creator and that, within the limits of his own human capabilities, man in a sense continues to develop that activity and perfects it as he advances further and further in the discovery of the resources and values contained in the whole of creation”.2

Commentary:  In Genesis 2:15 we are told:  “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”  God created the garden but asked Adam to work in it and make it better.  And note that this occurred before the fall: work was not a punishment, but rather a vocation.  God told Adam that he would perfect himself through the work he would do.  Now after the fall, work is more difficult but its basic role as a vocation has not changed.  Here the Church reminds us that we are partnering with God to improve creation, and that the goods and services our businesses provide are part of that advancement of society.  What a noble calling!