As Sisters and Associates of St. Francis we have over the years taken a stance on various social justice issues. Our stance on Care of Creation is one of these documents we try to live each day individually and corporately. Please join us this week during this season by using the prayer/reflection included below. This week’s reflection is centered on Laudato Si a document written by Pope Francis.
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out on us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this Earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and Earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with each creature as we journey towards your infinite light.
Creative Spirit, we thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love, and peace. Amen. (from Laudato Si, Pope Francis)
“My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 16 years old. I come from Sweden. And I speak on behalf of future generations. I know many of you don’t want to listen to us – you say we are just children.
But we’re repeating the message of the united climate science. Many of you appear concerned that we are wasting valuable lesson time, but I assure you we will go back to school the moment you start listening to science and give us a future. Is that really too much to ask?” (Words of young Swedish girl who started climate strikes.)
Read any one part of “Laudato’ Si” –OR- Listen to the voice of a young child or teen-ager (student, relative, co-worker, etc.).