You have, I hope, celebrated September 1 as a special Day for Creation. (If not, please check my last blog.) But wait! There’s more:
September 1 is also the first day of a Season of Care for Creation that begins September 1st and ends, appropriately, October 4th, the feast day of Francis of Assisi. Pope Francis chose this saint as his papal namesake and used words from St. Francis’ Canticle of Creation to title and ground his encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.
In addition to praying the prayer, and making habitual every single action listed on my last blog, you might be interested in gathering with a few relatives, friends, parishioners, or whomever to explore Laudato Si’ Reflection Resource, which is available on this site. In addition to providing quotes from Laudato Si’ for discussion and prayer, this resource includes suggestions of helpful videos, hymns, and action steps. (Cf. https://ecospiritualityresources.com/laudato-si-reflection/.
Click here for an excellent website full of resources from many faith traditions for the Season of Creation. In the U.S., election season presents the opportunity to insist that nominees at every level of government — certainly including presidential candidates — support the Paris Climate Agreements. See what Pope Francis says about them in one of the following articles from National Catholic Reporter, both of which I heartily encourage you to read:
If you catch yourself saying things like “That’s too much trouble,” “That’s inconvenient,” or “What I do doesn’t matter,” remember words from Laudato Si’ such as these: “We are always capable of going out of ourselves toward the other. … If we can overcome individualism, we will truly be able to develop a different lifestyle and bring about significant changes in society.” (par. 208) and
“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” (par. 160)
Picture children you know, or photos of children fleeing war and climate destruction (two realities often interconnected), hungry children, polluted water, air, and lands, melting glaciers, recent climate calamities ….
Then, two more quotes: “A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal.” (par. 202) and
“… we Christians ask for inspiration to take up the commitment to creation set before us by the Gospel of Jesus.” (par. 246)