The CLC World ExCo and the CLC Ecology Commission invite our Christian Life Community to join people of faith worldwide to observe the Season of Creation, September 1st to October 4th. Pope Francis has established September 1st as an annual celebration to be a “powerful moment of prayer, reflection, conversion and the adoption of appropriate life styles. The ecological crisis calls Christians to a profound spiritual conversion “whereby the effects of [our] encounter with Jesus Christ becomes evident in the world around [us].”
Last year, on the Feast of the Transfiguration on 6 August 2015, Pope Francis, established the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” on September 1st to be celebrated annually in solidarity with other faith traditions as an opportunity for profound spiritual and ecological conversion. Drawing “from our rich spiritual heritage the reasons which feed our passion for the care of creation,… we believe in Jesus Christ who became man for us, and we believe that … the life of the spirit is not dissociated from the body or from nature or from world realities, but lived in and with them, in communion with all that surrounds us.” (ibid., 216) This is an opportunity for us to “renew our personal participation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvelous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins created against the world in which we live.” This will be a valuable opportunity to bear witness to our growing communion with people of other faith traditions. “We live in a time where all Christians are faced with identical and important challenges, and we must give common replies to these in order to appear more credible and effective.” Pope Francis expresses his hope that we can celebrate this day in union with initiatives that the World Council of Churches is promoting, including “Time for Creation” also known as “Season of Creation.”
The Season of Creation begins September 1st, The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, to October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
Observance of this Season of Creation can take place all over the world! Members may choose to join other people of faith in programs of prayer, reflection, and/or action. Or, members may choose to create their own programs! Below are some suggestions, including initiatives from our Ecology Commission.
Ideas for Observing
a. In Community: organize prayer services with themes of Creation
b. Individually: Commit to regular prayer for creation and for ecological conversion for oneself, others, leaders
a. In Community: Use CLC Supplement 72: Care of Creation which contains a dozen meeting plans on the topic of ecology. Use one or more of these plans during this five-week period.
a. Join parish ecological initiatives or help form a “Creation Team” or “Green Team” in your own parish to encourage sustainable energy consumption, inspire care for creation programs, promote environmentally friendly life-styles, support those most impacted by climate change.
b. Join local initiatives such as tree plantings, community gardens, ecological programs, etc.
c. Monitor and simplify your own lifestyle and consumption / energy-use practices.
a. Raise awareness for and/or join local, national, and global campaigns for action on climate change.
b. Contribute to disaster relief and recovery programs.
Write letters to elected
officials and editors of your local newspaper to voice your concern about
caring for ecological issues.
5. Communication with World Community
Share your reflections and stories with our world community! You can use:
a. Our CVX-CLC Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CVX-CLC-6562037665/
CLC Supplement # 72 Care of Creation
CVX-CLC website Ecology link: http://www.cvx-clc.net/
World Council of Churches
Global Catholic Climate Movement
Eco-Parish Guide http://catholicclimatemovement.global/eco-parish/
Season of Creation https://seasonofcreation.info/
Youth program ideas http://catholicclimatemovement.global/wyd/