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The Season of Creation

September 1 marked the beginning of the Season of Creation, an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation. It begins with the World Day of Prayer for Creation and runs until October 4, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi who is the patron saint of ecology. It is celebrated by Christians of all traditions. This time for creation offers, in the words of Pope Francis,

individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live”.

In his encyclical, Laudato si’, Pope Francis called us to live out an “integral ecology”, which in simple terms means having right relationships with God, other human beings and the good things of the Earth. When one relationship suffers, all the others will suffer as well. In this context, we are called to encounter God as we care for creation. We can all take many daily actions as we develop our own attitude of stewardship. The Season of Creation is also an opportunity to spend time with family and friends as we move into the beauty of spring. Let us try to incorporate experiences of creation each day over the coming weeks.

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