The Season of Creation, September 1st -October 5th

The Season of Creation spans five weeks between the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, September 1st, and the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4th

This “time for creation” offers, in the words of Pope Francis, “individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”

“As Christians we wish to contribute to resolving the ecological crisis which humanity is presently experiencing. In doing so, we must first rediscover in our own rich spiritual patrimony the deepest motivations for our concern for the care of creation. We need always to keep in mind that, for believers in Jesus Christ, the Word of God who became man for our sake, “the life of the spirit is not dissociated from the body or from nature or from worldly realities, but lived in and with them, in communion with all that surrounds us” (Laudato Si’, 216). The ecological crisis thus summons us to a profound spiritual conversion: Christians are called to “an ecological conversion whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them” (ibid., 217). For “living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience” (ibid.)
Pope Francis, August 6, 2015

“The heavens declare your glory, O Lord, and the stars of the sky bring light to our darkness.
You spoke, and the earth burst forth in life, you saw that it was good.
You called forth creation, and enlivened every creature on land and sea.
You made human beings in your image, and set us over the whole world in all of its wonders.
You gave us share in your dominion, and called us “to till and to keep” this garden, the work of your hands.
This day we praise you for your manifold gifts.
May our daily care for your creation show reverence for your name,
and reveal your saving power in every creature under heaven.
We make this prayer in the name of Christ your son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God forever and ever. Amen.

4 thoughts on “The Season of Creation, September 1st -October 5th

  1. Gloria

    Plea

    I am rain and I am sun
    I am sky and I am clouds
    I am rivers
    I am oceans
    I am mountains
    I am valleys
    I am wet and I am dry
    I am cool and I am green
    I am hot and I am burning
    I am frost and I am dew
    I am storm and I am calm
    I am strong and I am fragile

    I am God’s beautiful Creation
    Love me and protect me

    Gloria Ziemienski
    December 22, 2007

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  2. cenaclemary12

    Lord, Creator, help us to care for our common home.
    Earth teach me stillness
    as the grasses are stilled with light.
    Earth teach me suffering
    as old stones suffer with memory.
    Earth teach me humility
    as blossoms are humble with beginning.
    Earth teach me caring
    as the mother who secures her young.
    Earth teach me courage
    as the tree which stands all alone.
    Earth teach me limitation
    as the ant which crawls on the ground.
    Earth teach me freedom
    as the eagle which soars in the sky.
    Earth teach me resignation
    as the leaves which die in the fall.
    Earth teach me regeneration
    as the seed which rises in the spring.
    Earth teach me to forget myself
    as melted snow forgets its life.
    Earth teach me to remember kindness
    as dry fields weep with rain.
    —Ute Prayer

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  3. Berta

    We must all join Pope Francis , the Church and all the people that are trying to keep our world as clean and beautiful as the Lord , our God, made it for us.
    We’re a people used to our comforts. Cleaning up our Earth and keeping it safe and worthy of God takes sacrifice which many of us are not willing to make. We prefer to deny the vulnerability of our Earth. We prefer to continue on our path to “economic” greatness and ignore everything else. According to many it’s not us that cause the problem, no, it’s the Earth going through these changes.
    Lord , please open our eyes, help us to see!!!!

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