We have entered the season of creation! During this anniversary year of ‘Laudato Si’, September 1st through to 4th October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi, we are reminded to consider on our treatment of our world. As Pope Francis says, “we have the opportunity to reflect on our lifestyles”.
The season of creation is an annual ecumenical event, during which the Catholic Church host the world day of prayer for creation on September 1st and the world day of migrants and refugees on September 27th. Pope Francis sums up the season as “A season of increased prayer and effort on behalf of our common home”.
In our own diocese Bishop David has called us all to pray for creation and climate change,
“The 1st September to the 4th October is established as a time for all of us to reflect on the necessary teaching of Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si and the invitation to undertake ecological conversation. Many may be confused by the various debates about climate change and definitely unsure about what is involved in ecological conversion. So let us all pray for an openness of heart and mind to the many ways we need to recognise the challenges to creation, including human life, that we face in these days”.