“You shall thus hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim a release throughout the land to all the inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you”. (Lev 25: 10): Message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, 1st September 2020
Pope Francis invites us to join the Season of Creation
The Season of Creation is an annual ecumenical celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home. This year’s event takes place within the context of the special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year, which Pope Francis opened on Sunday, 24 May. The Year coincides with the 5th anniversary of his encyclical. It begins on 1st September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and ends on 4th October, the feast of St Francis Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations.
The theme for this year, Jubilee for the Earth, invites us to consider the integral relationship between rest for the earth and ecological, economic, social and political ways of living. The concept of Jubilee is rooted in the Bible and underlines that there must exist a just and sustainable balance between social, economic and ecological realities.
This particular year, the COVID-19 pandemic revealed how deeply the globe is interconnected. We realised more than ever that we are not isolated from each other and that conditions related to human health and well-being are fragile. The impact of the pandemic forces us to take seriously the need for vigilance and the need for conditions of sustainable life throughout the earth. This is even more important when considering environmental devastation and the threat of climate change.
Spend some time outside each day reconnecting with nature; shop wisely by buying Fairtrade products; use cloth bags when shopping – these are just some of the Suggested practical actions for parishoners during the Season of Creation.
Cultivating Hope: a faith response to the climate crisis. The Irish Catholic Bishops’ conference leaflet suggest ways in which we can respond to the climate crisis through prayer, reflection and action in our homes, in our parish and in our communities.
Resources for the Season of Creation
Respect for the Planet’s resources: Pope Francis’ prayer intention for September 2020.
Jubilee for the Earth: Biodiversity and our Sacred Story is a podcast mini-series, in both video and audio, which has been produced by the Office of Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) of the Columbans in Washington and Columbans working in different parts of the world such as Ireland, the US, England, the Philippines, Hong Kong, South Korea and Myanmar. Each episode will explore biodiversity and a related issue like economic justice, peace, migration, and other themes of Catholic Social Teaching. To learn more about the podcast series click here.
Season of Creation ‘Zoom’ sessions: SCIAF (the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund) are celebrating the Season of Creation through a series of events urging Christians across the globe to Care for our Common Home. You can register via the SCIAF website.
Laudato Si’ Retreat: an introductory immersion, ,12th September GMT 1.00pm – 5.00pm. The Retreat is hosted by the Global Catholic Climate Movement.
This Season of Creation, join award-winning photographer Paul Jeffrey for “Lens on Creation” as he examines the world through the lens of his camera and his faith. Sign up here to receive Jeffrey’s reflections in your inbox every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Aug. 31 to Oct. 4.
CAFOD Novena to St Francis for a world under threat: nine brief reflections asking St Francis of Assisi to pray for us and our world, based on his beautiful Canticle of the Sun. you can find the video version here.
Reflections on Aqua Fons Vitae: orientations on water: symbol of the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth.
Kinship with Creation: Evening Prayer with St Francis of Assisi, 4th October 2020.