This week the Dominican Sisters of Hope join millions of people around the world in observing the ecumenical Season of Creation which runs from September 1 (Day of Prayer for Creation) through October 4 (Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi). You can read Pope Francis’ message for this year’s observance by clicking here.

According to the Laudato Si’ Movement, it’s a time to: ”renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together, and join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.”

The Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth have published an excellent pamphlet from the to aid us in our observance of the season. Each week for the next six weeks, we’ll adapt prayers from the pamphlet and post them, along with the suggested resource for further learning and suggested action.

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.

And so we begin… Week 1 

PRAY…

September 1 That the Season of Creation will be a time for deepening awareness that great change can come from each of us joining our small efforts together.

September 2  In gratitude, by name, for the people who have known who were environmental activists.

LEARN:  Visit the Season of Creation website to learn how others are celebrating and to get ideas for your own celebration. https://seasonofcreation.org/

ACT: Make a personal plan about how you want to celebrate the Season of Creation.  Choose some specific actions that will help you connect with others in forming a mighty river of justice and peace.

Adapted, with gratitude, from the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth Season of Creation 2023 Prayer Pamphlet