Integrity of Creation
Season of Creation 2023 begins on September 1st and lasts through the feast of St. Francis on October 4th.
Prophet Amos cries out “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5: 24) and so we are called to join the river of justice and peace, to take up climate and ecological justice, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate injustice and the loss of biodiversity.
Our prayers, sermons and liturgies must call for justice not only for humans but for all creation. Justice, allied with peace, calls us to repent of our ecological sins and to change our attitudes and actions. Righteousness demands that we live in peace, not conflict with our human neighbors, and building right relationships with all of creation. ‘Peace’ (shalom) involves not only the absence of conflict but positive, live-giving relationships with God, ourselves, our human neighbors, and all creation.
Those Indigenous communities that recognize the sacredness of natural elements and so live as an embodiment of an interconnected way of life, expressing a partnership between people and the life of the Earth, have much to teach the rest of the world.
We are invited to join the river of justice and peace on behalf of all Creation and to converge our individual identities, of name, family or faith community, in this greater movement for justice, just like tributaries come together to form a mighty river. As the people of God, we must work together on behalf of all Creation, as part of that mighty river of peace and justice.
Click on the resources for the Season of Creation:
Season of Creation Prayer 2023
Season of Creation 2023 Calendar of Daily Intentions
(Thanks to Reverend Terry Moran for the Calendar)
Prayer Service for Care of the Earth
Issue of Environmental and Climate Justice
This May/June issue of the Grange newsletter examines the meaning and movements behind Climate Justice and Environmental Justice. These terms, though different, both relate to our planetary home. We hope the material offered for your under-standing and reflection will be encouraging and give impetus to action. We can make an impact. It is up to us!
Issue of Activism
The March /April newsletter highlights people and movements around the world
that are making a difference protecting our common home. Individual and collective action can make a difference! Greta Thunberg states, “I’m telling you there is hope. I have seen it, but it does not come from the governments or corporations. It comes from the people.”
Issue of Energy
The Jan/Feb edition of the Benedictine Grange newsletter considers energy’s role within climate change. The issues are complex. As people of faith, we must ask ourselves how we are treating God’s gift of creation.
Heads, Hands, Heart Newsletter on Energy
Problem of Plastics
Pope Francis says “we cannot allow our seas and oceans to be littered by endless fields of floating plastic. Here too, our active commitment is needed to confront this emergency. Thanks to the Benedictine Grange of which our own Terry Eppridge is a part, we can post here their November/December Newsletter dealing with many aspects of the problem of plastics.
Laudato Si Head, Hands, Heart Newsletter