THE ECOLOGICAL ADVISORY AGENCY TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, POWERED BY CARITAS AUSTRALIA
Season of Creation 1 September until 4 October
The Season of Creation is fast approaching. It’s a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.
Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I proclaimed 1 September as a day of prayer for creation for the Orthodox in 1989. The World Council of Churches was instrumental in making this special time a season, extending the celebration from 1 September until 4 October.
Pope Francis made the Catholic Church’s warm welcoming of the season official in 2015. The season starts 1 September, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations. Throughout the month-long celebration, the world’s 2.2 billion Christians come together to care for our common home. It’s a wonderful opportunity for Earthcare Parishes/Organisations to promote and celebrate their Earthcare journey with their wider community – a great opportunity for moving forward, particularly on the Goals of Ecological Education and Ecological Spirituality.
POPE FRANCIS MESSAGE FOR WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR CREATION – AN EXCERPT
The sweet song of creation invites us to practise an “ecological spirituality” (LS 216), attentive to God’s presence in the natural world.
To base our spirituality on the “loving awareness that we are not disconnected from the rest of creatures, but joined in a splendid universal communion” (LS 220).
For followers of Christ, this luminous experience reinforces our awareness that “all things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being” (Jn 1:3).
In this Season of Creation, we pray once more in the great cathedral of creation, and revel in the “grandiose cosmic choir” made up of countless creatures, all singing the praises of God. Let us join Saint Francis of Assisi in singing: “Praise be to you, my Lord, for all your creatures” (cf. Canticle of Brother Sun). Let us join the psalmist in singing, “Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!” (Ps 150:6).