September 1

World Day for Care of Creation

Reflection

We are living in what must surely be the most daunting and arresting moment we have ever faced as a species. We face a developing reality that can either condemn human beings to oblivion or inspire us to wake up to our lives in a dramatically more interesting way. A way that begins in living soberly and creatively towards the crisis of our planet– not as a problem to be solved by engineering an ever better, safer human “bubble”, but as a constantly unfolding obligation to begin considering the remaking of ourselves as ecologically awake human beings.
Susan Murphy, The Koan of the Earth

Prayer

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.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si

Action

Contemplate creation’s beauty, mystery, and interconnections, and rejoice in the divine presence living and acting in our world.
Reduce use of plastic, especially plastic water bottles and plastic bags.
Eat responsibly for the planet reduce factory-farmed meat consumption, use organic, and local produce Protect trees, plant trees and/or support groups that do
Reduce use of electricity, turn lights and fans off when not in use.

Sign the Catholic Climate Petition-  Catholic Climate Petition

Suggested Reading

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 

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.
Pope Francis 

There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.
Mother Teresa

As Sisters of St. Joseph we believe that we are a part of creation and not apart from it. We seek to treat it with love, respect and justice.
CSJ Website

You cannot solve a problem with the thinking that created it.
Albert Einstein
 

Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.  Carl Sagan 

I feel very passionately that we need to take care of the planet and everything on it. Whether it’s saving the Amazon or just being kind to those around you, we need to take care of each other and Mother Earth.
Olivia Newton-John 

It wasn’t the Exxon Valdez captain’s driving that caused the Alaskan oil spill. It was yours.
Greenpeace

We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to.
Terri Swearingen 

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
Aldo Leopold

I feel more confident than ever that the power to save the planet rests with the individual consumer.
Denis Hayes

If we go on using the Earth uncaringly and without replenishing it, then we are just greedy consumers.
Satish Kumar

 

 

 

 

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