“If God is the center of your
life, no words are necessary.
Your mere presence will
touch hearts.”

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

 

“I am satisfied
to sow in tears
if I may reap
in joy.”

St. Elizabeth Seton

 

Celebrate the “Season of Creation”

Celebrate the “Season of Creation” following the example of other Christian denominations and the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines.

Starts: Sept. 1 – World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Pope Francis has proclaimed it as a day of prayer for creation, as the Orthodox Church has done since 1989, to “draw from our rich spiritual heritage the reasons which feed our passion for the care of creation.”

Ends: Oct. 4 – Feast of St. Francis
The feast of St. Francis of Assisi is a major day of celebration to reflect on the life of the Patron of Ecology and author of the Canticle of the Creatures.

“Human beings too are creatures of this world, enjoying a right to life and happiness, and possessed of unique dignity. So we cannot fail to consider the effects of environmental deterioration, current models of development and the throwaway culture on people’s lives.”
– Pope Francis

During this “Season of Creation,” consider some of the following actions:

  • Include a prayer for all of creation when your faith community gathers.
  • Reflect on your vocation as a steward of God’s creation.
  • Explore ways to reduce your ecological footprint.
  • Pray for the world and specific climate-related situations.
  • Plant a native shrub that flowers for pollinators and produces berries for birds and other animals.
  • Reflect on the Pope’s concept of integral ecology: “A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings.”

Sources:
Laudato Si’ Movement (formally Global Catholic Climate Movement)
Pope Francis’ Encyclical: Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home
Season of Creation

Debbie Weber
Director, OPJCC

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