September 1 is World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. While there are several ways we can show we care it is right that the first action we should take is to pray. This page has links to resources that will inspire and help you meditate on caring for all creation.
“The pace of consumption, waste and environmental change has so stretched the planet’s capacity that our contemporary lifestyle, unsustainable as it is, can only precipitate catastrophes, such as those which even now periodically occur in different areas of the world.” Pope Francis’ encyclical: Laudato Sí, 2015, par. 161
Let us pray for the courage and insight for an eco conversion.
“The destruction of the earth’s environment is the human rights challenge of our time. Over the 25 years that climate change has been on the world’s agenda, global emissions have risen unchecked while real world impacts have taken hold in earnest. Time is running out. The most devastating effects of climate change – deadly storms, heat waves, droughts, rising food prices and the advent of climate refugees – are being visited on the world’s poor who have no involvement in creating the problem. This is a grave injustice.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu, UN Climate Summit, 18 September 2014
Let us pray for individuals and communities to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
“The protection of the environment must be a common ecumenical cause. This gesture [praying together] means that we transcend the artificial separation between what is of the world and what is sacred, making all a sacrament of the Kingdom. Recognizing the mark of the divine in all of creation, the image of God in humanity and the stamp of the sacred in nature, moves us to take care of our world. Let’s break out of our isolation! Let’s pray for the environment! Let’s get involved in protecting it! (Bartholomew 1, Ecumenical Patriarch)
Let us pray for all those who are working tirelessly to protect our common home.
Canticle of St Francis of Assisi HERE