September 3

Reflection

From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world celebrate the Season of Creation. During this time we focus on living out our  our responsibility to care for creation. The theme for 2019 is The Web of Life: Biodiversity as God’s Blessing. Biodiversity matters not only because human well-being depends on stable and thriving ecosystems and the services they give to us, from clean water and food, to oxygen, clothing and climate regulation, and all the ‘resources’ we use from nature. Biodiversity matters because every creature that is created is valuable in itself. Human beings are part of a complex, delicate and interdependent web of life created and sustained by God. All other beings also have the right to live and prosper within this community of life. We are all responsible to respect and protect this right.

Prayer

How many are your works, O God! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
Psalm 104:24-25

Action

Reflect on our mistreatment of creation, repent of the decisions we’ve made, and commit to new practices and habits
Learn more about the wildlife and ecology of our communities.
Talk about the web of life, and convey the truth that we can protect both people and our planet.
Give voice to the voiceless by advocating for nature in your home communities and beyond.
Prepare for global events that protect nature, such as the World Conservation Congress in June, the UN climate summit in September, the Catholic synod on the Amazon in October, and the UN climate change conference in November.

Suggested Reading

Because of us thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence nor convey their message to us.  We have no such right.
Pope Francis 

At the heart of every being lies creation’s dream of a principle that will one day give organic form to its fragmented treasures. God is unity.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The fundamental relation between humanity and nature is one of caring for creation.
Renewing the Earth, U.S. Catholic Bishops

For Christians, who believe they are created in the image of God, it is the Godhead, diversity in unity and the three-in-oneness of God, which we and all creation reflect.
Desmond Tutu

While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.
 Maya Angelou 

Every thread of creation is held in position by still other strands of things living.
Don McLean 

There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.
John Calvin

I look out of this window and I think this is a cosmos, this is a huge creation, this is one small corner of it. The trees and birds and everything else and I’m part of it. I didn’t ask to be put here, I’ve been lucky in finding myself here.
Morris West

Safeguarding our common home is not only essential to protecting endangered species and preserving old-growth forests, it is also paramount to ending poverty, fighting injustice, and protecting the long-term survival of humankind and of our faith.
Catherine Cortez-Masto

We believe that all is one and that our call is to an active inclusive love that seeks this union with God and the sacred community of life that includes all of creation – air, soil, water, plants, and animals.  We see ourselves in union with this community that we hold as the neighbor through whom God continues to be revealed.
Sisters of St. Joseph Land Ethic Statement

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