The Season of Creation begins this Thursday, 1 September, and runs until 4 October, the Feast of the Saint Francis of Assisi, patron of ecologists. The Season of Creation has a special significance in the Catholic Church, particularly since Pope Francis established 1 September as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. The Season, which is marked throughout the Christian world, celebrates the joy of creation and encourage awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.
This year’s seasonal theme is “Listen to the Voice of Creation”. “I have heard their cry…I know their sufferings…Come, now! I will send you…I will be with you” (Ex 3: 1-12).
During the Season of Creation Pope Francis invites us to listen to the voice of creation, to the voices of those who suffer the impacts of climate change, to the voices of those who hold generational wisdom about how to live gratefully within the limits of the land. These are voices of the Earth. The global Christian family is called to awaken to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and with each other and to encourage our parish communities to do the same.