Sep 2, 2016

Care for Creation

Pope Francis has written to us all on  World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. This day - Sept 1st - is “an opportunity to strengthen the common commitment to safeguard life, respecting the environment and nature” (Angelus, 28.8.2016).    Pope Francis writes  (full text HERE):

"With this Message, I renew my dialogue with “every person living on this planet” about the sufferings of the poor and the devastation of the environment. God gave us a bountiful garden, but we have turned it into a polluted wasteland of “debris, desolation and filth”. We must not be indifferent or resigned to the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of ecosystems, often caused by our irresponsible and selfish behaviour. "

Pope Francis invites us to examine our conscience, and change course ... then he proposes a radical change:

"The Christian life involves the practice of the traditional seven corporal and seven spiritual works of mercy. ...  “human life itself and everything it embraces” includes care for our common home. So let me propose a complement to the two traditional sets of seven: may the works of mercy also include care for our common home. As a spiritual work of mercy, care for our common home calls for a “grateful contemplation of God’s world” which “allows us to discover in each thing a teaching which God wishes to hand on to us”.

As a corporal work of mercy, care for our common home requires “simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness” and “makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world”

This Autumn you are invited to a number of events

- On October 1st there is a one day conference on 'Ecology and the Fourth Gospel. Details HERE

- On Sunday October 16th there is a special liturgy to celebrate 'Loving Sister Earth. Details HERE

Keep an eye on the diocesan newsletter for more details of events. Sign up HERE