Preparing for the Season of Creation

seasoncreation01 350On 6 August 2015, Pope Francis announced the ‘World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation’ to be celebrated on 1 September annually; a call ‘to contribute to resolving the ecological crisis which humanity is presently experiencing’.  We encourage you to participate by reflecting on your own experiences in nature and what it means to live on this planet Earth, a small blue dot in an expanding universe.

Our Sunday Reflections for the month of September will offer you thoughts and prayers along this theme which you may use in your liturgies or in personal prayer time.

We share with you a new calendar for your use during this Season, with compliments of Mercy International Association.

Prayer for our Earth

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 for- gotten 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 ex- pense 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 pro- foundly 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.

Pope Francis from Laudato Si’

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