September 1st, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, to October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis, marks the Season of Creation, a time to reflect on our connection to all aspects of the created world and God our Creator. The Season of Creation is an ecumenical movement that calls Christians to respond to our common call to care for creation.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Listen to the Voice of Creation.” As the Season of Creation Advisory Committee notes, “During the Season of Creation, our common prayer and action can help us listen for the voices of those who are silenced. In prayer we lament the individuals, communities, species, and ecosystems who are lost, and those whose livelihoods are threatened by habitat loss and climate change. In prayer we centre the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.”
For the Clinton Franciscan family, the Season of Creation highlights aspects of our Laudato Si’ Action Plan, especially our commitment to responding to the Cry of the Earth. We continue to assess and alter our personal and communal practices to lessen our impact on the created world. We must also enter into prayer and reflection to ensure our assessment and actions are centered on the will of God and the goodness of creation.
The Clinton Franciscans invite you to join in a series of prayer services to mark this time of reflection and action. On the first four Fridays of September, we will release a prayer service that encourages us to Listen to the Voice of Creation. The prayer services will lead us from a global reflection on our human impact on creation to a reflection on our local environment.
Friday, September 2nd, Cinema Divina
Friday, September 9th, Connected to Creation
Friday, September 16th, Prayer of Creation Using Our Senses
Friday, September 23rd, Earth Examin
Each prayer service will be accompanied by ways to get more information or to take action for creation and the voiceless.
We invite you to join us in listening to the voice of creation. Gather your family, friends, religious community, or coworkers together to reflect on our connections to creation and the ways that you can more fully respond to the voice of creation.