Sept. 1: World Day for Care of Creation

Pope Francis has declared Thursday, September 1, 2016,
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

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According to Pope Francis, “The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation ….”

Officially joining the Orthodox Church in this day of concern for creation, Pope Francis invites everyone — believers or not — to participate in both prayer and action. 

“ ‘Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.’ ” (Earth Charter, quoted in Laudato Si’ par. 207)

PRAYER

Many will use the following prayer, found in the Pope’s encyclical letter Laudato Si’

A Prayer for Our Earth (Laudato Si’ following par. 246)

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace. Amen.

 

ACTION

Possibilities of action for living simply and sustainably are endless, but the ones below make a major impact. These actions interconnect with others, especially care of water:

1. Contemplate creation’s beauty, mystery, and interconnections, and rejoice in the divine presence living and acting in our world.

2. Vote for candidates proven to care for all creation, to resolve conflicts nonviolently, to assist the poor, and to increase love on our planet.

3. Lobby legislators on issues of importance for people and planet, such as:
        invest in renewable energy; stop subsidies to fossil fuels
        increase negotiating skills; stop expansion of weapons systems
        reduce inequality
        foster organic agriculture; stop monocrops and toxic chemicals

contentItem-2452130-11505405-q3ef94out2r76-or4. Reduce extraction and use of fossil fuels:

        transition to renewable energy at home and work
        reduce use of plastic, especially plastic water bottles and plastic   bags
        reduce gasoline use by reducing car and plane trips and staying
                 below 60 on highways

5. Eat responsibly for the planet
        reduce factory-farmed meat consumption
        increase fair trade, organic, and local produce (and products)

6. Protect trees
        reduce paper use
        use 100% sustainable paper
        plant trees and/or support groups that do

switch-off-lights-fan-when-leaving-the-room-save-electricity7. Reduce use of electricity
        turn lights and fans off when not in use
        reduce use of a/c, dryer, iron

8. Reduce consumerism
        make do with what you have whenever possible
        share when possible
        buy recycled goods

4 thoughts on “Sept. 1: World Day for Care of Creation

  1. thank you!!! ❤

    Megan Hollingsworth

    ex·tinc·tion wit·ness writer & creative director

    I Call You Orlando – poem voiced

    On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 7:59 AM, ecospirituality resources wrote:

    > terrishcj posted: “Pope Francis has declared Thursday, September 1, 2016, > World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation According to Pope Francis, > “The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation offers to > individual believers and to the community a precious op” >

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  2. My dear Terri, Could you send me a pdf to share with our CARE FOR The EARTH committee? They would also enjoy your recent blog with a listing of what you plan to do by way of updating past blogs. You are a treasure of resources and I like to share your gifts with others. Are you familiar with Francis Rothlueber? She is a former president of SSSF and has recently written a new book of reflections that I know you would enjoy. She is in Idyllwild CA and I will order a couple copies and will send you one for your thoughtfulness to me! Peace! Fran Cunningham ________________________________________

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