September 1-October 4
The Season of Creation begins September 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology. Season of Creation is a time when we renew our relationship with God and with creation through celebration, prayer and commitment of action together for our common home. It is also a time to be reminded of the School Sisters of Notre Dame commitment to Laudato Si’.
This year’s theme is “Listening to the voice of creation” with the symbol of the burning bush. God’s creation moans ever louder and suffers more every day amidst the ongoing climate emergency and biodiversity crisis. Our common prayer and action can help us listen for the voices of those who are silenced. In prayer we mourn the individuals, communities, species, and ecosystems who are lost, and those whose livelihoods are threatened by habitat loss and climate change. In prayer we center the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.
As Pope Francis wrote in Laudato Si’, “‘Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to redress the damage caused by human abuse of God’s creation.’ All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.” (LS 14).
Message from Pope Francis: https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2022/07/21/220721c.html
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