The first day of September is the first day of Spring – and also marks the beginning of the ‘Season of Creation’, a month-long prayerful observance that calls the planet’s 2.2 billion Christians to pray and care for God’s creation. It is an ecumenical celebration among all Christians, and last year Pope Francis officially invited all Catholics to celebrate.
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!
(Laudato’ Si n.246)
A news article on the Season of Creation is available here.
Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato’ Si – on Care for our Common Home” is available here. (If you would like it as a book please contact the parish on email@example.com.)