The Dominican Sisters of Hope continue our observance of the ecumenical Season of Creation with prayers, learning, and action inspired by the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth’s Office of Peace, Justice, and Ecological Integrity.

Week 5

PRAY…

September 24 For students at Dominican schools, colleges, and universities, that they may become activists for Earth justice.

September 25 For the Native Peoples who were the first inhabitants of the lands where we live, particularly the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians, “People of the waters that are never still.”

September 26 When you read or watch the news, be alert for stories of people who are becoming a mighty river of peace and justice. 

September 27 For people protecting and restoring oceans, rivers, and streams around the world.

September 28 In thanksgiving for the successful effort to convince Gov. Kathy Hochul to sign a bill to stop radioactive waste dumping in the Hudson River.

September 29 For the will to advocate for clean water, safe food, and a livable climate for all of us.

September 30 For the countless species of fish, plants, and birds who make their home in and on the banks of our rivers, particularly the Hudson River.

LEARN: about the movement to protect the rights of rivers. https://www.rightsofrivers.org/

ACT: Sign the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Rivers https://www.rightsofrivers.org/#sign

The theme of the Season of Creation 2023 is Let Justice and Peace Flow: A Might River. We are invited to join the river of justice and peace on behalf of all Creation and to converge our individual identities in this greater movement for justice, like tributaries come together to form a mighty river. Throughout the week, if you wish to share your experiences, feelings, or thoughts on the prayer, learning, or action, please comment below, as a way to join our own efforts with millions of people around the world – forming a groundswell of justice and peace.

We are grateful to the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth’s Office of Peace, Justice, and Ecological Integrity for the pamphlet which inspired these prayers, learning, and action.