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.
October 1 Listen to the voice of St. Therese of Lisieux, who as Pope Francis reminds us, “invites us to practice the ‘little way of love.'” He goes on to say, “An integral ecology is also made up of simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness.” (Laudato Si’, 230).
October 2 Notice the signs of autumn around you, and pray for the grace to let go and embrace the enfolding darkness of the season.
October 3 “For me, I am no longer afraid of what may become of me in speaking truth or doing what I know to be right. We will allow absolutely nothing to prevent us from reaching out in compassion. This is the gift and the hope I believe… women religious leaders offer to our broken, angry world today.” (Sr. Donna Markham, OP) How will your speech and action plunge you into the mighty river of justice and peace?
October 4 Listen to the voice of Francis of Assisi who as Pope Francis says, “reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.” (Laudato Si’, 1)
LEARN: Listen to the song “We Shall Be Known By the Company We Keep.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKhjaN72dRQ&t=9s
ACT: What is one thing I can do to make justice and peace flow more freely?
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.