It is that time again. September 1st is World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. It marks the first day of the Season of Creation. Attached please find the Franciscan Season of Caring for Creation. Also attached is the 2021-SOC-Full-Guide for this year. This year, the theme of the season is “A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God.” In Genesis God set a dome over the Earth. The word ”dome“ is where we get words such as ‘domicile’ and ’domestic’ — in other words, God puts us all is — all people, all life — under the same . . .
Pope Francis tells us that we are all called to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers – not just when it is convenient or safe; but whenever there is a need. Where there is a need, there is a Franciscan.
Monica Olivera, OFS, is the 2020 recipient of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Award.Olivera founded First Nations Outreach that serves remote Native American communities.
It was Pope Francis, in Laudato Si, who said of Saint Francis: “[He showed us the] inseparable bond between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society and interior peace."
How do I trust in the presence of the “divine seed” in all of God’s creation?
How can I demonstrate being meek towards God’s created Earth?
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water, which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.
Week 2 of the Season of Caring for Creation has begun. See mediations and thoughts from Carolyn Townes, OFS, national JPIC animator.
Pope Francis recently proclaimed September 1 as a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation as the Orthodox Church has done since 1989, to “draw from our rich spiritual heritage the reasons which feed our passion for the care of creation.”
In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi 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.