Australian Province Reconciliation with Creation Committee celebrates Season of Creation 2020

Australian Province Reconciliation with Creation Committee celebrates Season of Creation 2020

The Australian Province Reconciliation with Creation (RwC) Committee is celebrating Season of Creation that starts with the World Day of Prayer for Creation on 1 September and ends with the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on 4 October.

And this year, with the crises that are shaking the world, there is an urgent need to heal our relationships with Creation and each other, as we “enter a time of restoration and hope, a jubilee for our Earth, that requires radically new ways of living with creation.” (From Season of Creation)

In their invitation to celebrate the Season of Creation, the RwC Committee also shared the call of Pope Francis to hear the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth and acknowledge, reflect, pray, and act to celebrate and care for God’s creation during Season of Creation 2020, with 13 possible activities to meaningfully celebrate:

2020_08_15_N&E_Photo2The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in a letter after Laudato Si’ Week, also encouraged “new paths for the Church and for an integral ecology by planning activities for the Season of Creation” through a letter by Monsignor Bruno-Marie Duffé on 24 May 2020.

“Pope Francis’ message, which calls us to attend to the ‘immense hardship for the most vulnerable among us,’ is particularly relevant in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. As the world experiences deep uncertainty and suffering in the midst of a global emergency, we are called to recognize that a truly healthy recovery means seeing that “everything is connected” and repairing the bonds we have broken. We realize that we need to grow more and more in solidarity and take care of one another in fraternity.

“Inspired by the apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia, we encourage the people of God to accelerate their walks towards new paths for the Church and for an integral ecology by planning activities for the Season of Creation. These might include activities such as a special mass or pilgrimage walk, sustainability practices, or advocacy initiatives to respond to the ‘cry of the earth and the cry of the poor,’ to take place during this special season.”

For more information on the Season of Creation activities of the Australian Province Reconciliation with Creation Committee, please contact the RwC Project Officer, Ms Sue Martin, through her email: sue.martin@sjasl.org.au.

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