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The mission of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ministry is to explore CSA's distinct contribution to the ongoing, nonviolent transformation of the world towards peace, justice and ecology. This work embraces the efforts of sisters, associates, co-workers and others who share the CSA vision. We live out the mission to bring about systemic change by using the lens of nonviolence to focus on the issues of women, children, health care, globalization (especially as it affects Latin America), seamless ethic of life.

Note: The ideas and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author's and should not be ascribed to the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes or its members.


 

Justice Action Alert (Sept 17)

September 17, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

This Justice Alert is lengthier than usual, but you will see that the suggested actions are simple to do.  

Season of Creation

FASHION
The demand for cheap clothing that can be easily discarded for the newest fashions often results in slave labor or very low wages at the production level and the disappearance of small local textile industries in developing countries. Fashion driven cheap clothing harms the planet as more natural resources are used up in the production of clothes that eventually fill up landfills.
Action:

  1. Repair, remake, and recycle.
  2. Choose items made of natural rather than synthetic fibers.
  3. Purchase clothes that are of high quality and timeless design.
  4. Shop secondhand.
Peaceful and Just Elections

If you read nothing else, this is a must!

Pax Christi USA released an awesome statement of principles for election 2020. It covers the major issues from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching.This document is a keeper for post-election reference when we will be asking our elected leaders for action. This link takes you to the web page where you will find the link to the statement.

Immigration - ICE Detention

There are still toddlers locked up in an ICE family jail in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Tell the Governor of Pennsylvania to shut down this facility and #FreeTheFamilies now.

COVID-19 Legislation Can Not Wait

The next two weeks are critical to passing a real, robust pandemic relief bill that directly supports families and individuals who are most in need right now. If the Senate fails to act this month, it will delay any relevant action until after Election Day -- and very likely until January. 

The Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey recently revealed how many people in the U.S. are falling through the cracks:

  • 22 million people are in households that don't have enough to eat;
  • At least 14% of households are behind on rent; 45% of adults live in households that have lost income from work -- disproportionately impacting people of color: nearly 6 in 10 Latinx households and more than half of Black households have lost income.
  • 76 million adults -- one-third of all American households -- said in the past week they found it somewhat or very difficult to pay their usual household bills.

With flu season approaching, the fall and winter are going to bring new challenges and threats from COVID-19. If Congress doesn't act soon, conditions for families, essential workers, and health care workers are only going to deteriorate. Call your Senators today to demand real action on passing a COVID-19 package that meets the needs of our nation.

Tell Your Senators, #DoYourJob: 888-496-3502
Call twice to reach both of your Senators.
When you call, here's what you might say: 
"Hi, my name is [name] and I'm a constituent from [town]. I am calling to ask the Senator to pass a robust COVID-19 relief bill that protects families and communities from economic disaster. Millions of families have lost their jobs and can't afford their rent, food, and health care. People and small businesses need real help to weather this crisis, not partisan games. We need the Senate to get back to work and pass an adequate COVID relief bill now."

Ending Human Trafficking

Anyone can sign the petition to California Governor Newsom.  Sign Here
Together we can send a strong message to Governor Newsom and the Legislature that will get survivors the support they need:

  • Traffickers commonly exploit sex and labor trafficking victims by providing access to shelter and necessities.
  • Traffickers prey on vulnerable populations such as the homeless, those fleeing abusive relationships, and immigrants through recruitment into what seems like legitimate employment.
  • California’s high unemployment rate makes those seeking work even more vulnerable to trafficking.
  • Higher rates of trafficking are expected as the pandemic continues globally.

With $30 million in additional funding, California can prevent human trafficking before it occurs and provide the resources necessary to survivors during and after this crisis.

Take a moment to listen to Deborah, a survivor of trafficking, speaking about the importance of funding to prevent human trafficking here. 

Capital Punishment

Tell Attorney General William Barr: "Stop the Executions!"

This past summer, the U.S. federal government restarted executions for the first time in 17 years, with Attorney General William Barr serving as the principal administration official behind the effort. Since then, the Department of Justice — with AG Barr at the helm — has carried out more federal executions than at any other comparable time in the past 70 years.

There are currently two more federal executions scheduled in September. AG Barr has the power to stop them both, and any future executions. Please sign Catholic Mobilizing Network's petition urging AG Barr to reverse course on federal executions. 
Petition link: catholicsmobilizing.org/petition

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South American and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean have made to American society and culture. The observance was born in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Just two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a month long celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15.  Hispanic Heritage Month always starts on September 15, a historically significant day that marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. 

Resource/Actions (September 15)

September 15, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Season of Creation

TRANSPORTATION
Our personal vehicles are a major cause of global warming.  Cars and trucks account for one fifth of all US emissions, emitting 24 of CO2, and other global warming gases, for every gallon of gas. In a congested commute a car can emit 50 lbs. of CO2 for 5 miles of crawling each way in an average car. (Mike Berners, op. sit.)
 Action

  1. Drive 20 less miles a week (saves 1,062 lbs. of CO2 and $175 per year).
  2. Perform regular vehicle maintenance (saves $124 and 892 lbs. of CO2 per year).
  3. Avoid rush hour traffic.
  4. Drive the speed limit; slow down starts and stops.
  5. Carpool, use public transportation, ride a bike

Immigration

The year 2020 has been a challenge for our nation. It has been a year like no other.  

Last week, Franciscan Action Network shared Morality in Government, the first in a series of three videos entitled 2020: A Franciscan Moment

This week, the topic is “Compassion”, a powerful, personal reflection on the plight of refugees and immigrants who knock on America's door.

Ending Human Trafficking

A Must Read!

The Sisters of Saint Agnes are supporters of Sisters Program South which welcomes women on the streets of Milwaukee. National Catholic Reporter's Global Sisters Report posted this article today about a program designed to address the many crises of women struggling in trafficking and the street-based sex trade. Read the article HERE

COVID-19 Pandemic

To help voters prepare for the 2020 U.S. elections, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns is offering a series of webinars in which they dive deeper into the key global issues featured in our series of two-page global issue briefs, Faithful Voting and Global Concerns.

Their next 30-minute webinar, "Rethinking Security in a Pandemic: No Justice, No Peace," will be held on Thursday, September 17, from 12:30-1:00 pm EDT. Register Here  (Delete my information and put in yours.)

Dan Moriarty, Sustainable Pathways to Peace Program Coordinator, will speak about how the COVID-19 crisis highlights the failures of our national security paradigm and how Catholic social teaching can help us formulate a more integral approach to security built with nonviolent tools and in pursuit of the common good.  

Peaceful and Just Elections

  1. As election day approaches we all must plan to vote and then make a choice for whom we will cast our vote. Neither political party holds all of our Christian values, yet we are called to engage in politics.The following is an excellent read in allowing our faith and conscience to lead us to the best decision we can make. Bishop McElroy on voting with faith and a conscience
  2. NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice Website has resources under 2020 Election on their home page. Equally Sacred Priorities addresses life issues supported by Catholics along side their pro-life stance toward abortion.
  3. Tell the Senate to step up for voting by mail by funding and protecting the U.S. Postal Service, and expanding absentee voting options wherever possible.  Sign Here

Resource/Actions (September 15)

September 15, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Season of Creation

TRANSPORTATION
Our personal vehicles are a major cause of global warming.  Cars and trucks account for one fifth of all US emissions, emitting 24 of CO2, and other global warming gases, for every gallon of gas. In a congested commute a car can emit 50 lbs. of CO2 for 5 miles of crawling each way in an average car. (Mike Berners, op. sit.)
 Action

  1. Drive 20 less miles a week (saves 1,062 lbs. of CO2 and $175 per year).
  2. Perform regular vehicle maintenance (saves $124 and 892 lbs. of CO2 per year).
  3. Avoid rush hour traffic.
  4. Drive the speed limit; slow down starts and stops.
  5. Carpool, use public transportation, ride a bike

Immigration

The year 2020 has been a challenge for our nation. It has been a year like no other.  

Last week, Franciscan Action Network shared Morality in Government, the first in a series of three videos entitled 2020: A Franciscan Moment

This week, the topic is “Compassion”, a powerful, personal reflection on the plight of refugees and immigrants who knock on America's door.

Ending Human Trafficking

A Must Read!

The Sisters of Saint Agnes are supporters of Sisters Program South which welcomes women on the streets of Milwaukee. National Catholic Reporter's Global Sisters Report posted this article today about a program designed to address the many crises of women struggling in trafficking and the street-based sex trade. Read the article HERE

COVID-19 Pandemic

To help voters prepare for the 2020 U.S. elections, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns is offering a series of webinars in which they dive deeper into the key global issues featured in our series of two-page global issue briefs, Faithful Voting and Global Concerns.

Their next 30-minute webinar, "Rethinking Security in a Pandemic: No Justice, No Peace," will be held on Thursday, September 17, from 12:30-1:00 pm EDT. Register Here  (Delete my information and put in yours.)

Dan Moriarty, Sustainable Pathways to Peace Program Coordinator, will speak about how the COVID-19 crisis highlights the failures of our national security paradigm and how Catholic social teaching can help us formulate a more integral approach to security built with nonviolent tools and in pursuit of the common good.  

Peaceful and Just Elections

  1. As election day approaches we all must plan to vote and then make a choice for whom we will cast our vote. Neither political party holds all of our Christian values, yet we are called to engage in politics.The following is an excellent read in allowing our faith and conscience to lead us to the best decision we can make. Bishop McElroy on voting with faith and a conscience
  2. NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice Website has resources under 2020 Election on their home page. Equally Sacred Priorities addresses life issues supported by Catholics along side their pro-life stance toward abortion.
  3. Tell the Senate to step up for voting by mail by funding and protecting the U.S. Postal Service, and expanding absentee voting options wherever possible.  Sign Here

Pray for Peaceful & Just Elections

September 15, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

We The People

We invite you share in a simple five minutes of individual contemplative silence at whatever time you choose each Tuesday leading up to election day.

Want to take another action for peaceful and just elections? Each week, we’ll provide an action item - some will be much easier to do than others - participate in the actions as you are able.

We Pray

Today we pray for young voters to engage in the political process as they will confront the consequences of the decisions we make today.

We Act

Learn About Absentee Voting

Regulations about absentee ballots and early in-person voting vary from state to state. This site links directly to the absentee regulations for each state: https://politicalcharge.org/2020/04/10/how-to-vote-by-mail-in-every-single-state/
In Wisconsin, every absentee ballot is required by law to come with a certified postage paid envelope and in many cases there are drop boxes at the local government center, so you can drop it off without having to worry about it getting “lost in the mail.”

Be a Change Maker

September 11, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

PLASTIC -- So convenient, yet so harmful!
Plastics are a big drain on finite petroleum resources and a major contributor to greenhouse gases.  Plastic bags can take 1,000 years to biodegrade. Plastic items are not digestible by fish or any animals. (TIME, 9/23/2019)

Action:

  1. Use cloth bags when grocery shopping.
  2. Store food in refrigerator in covered glass containers instead of plastic containers.
  3. Swap disposable plastic water bottles for aluminum, glass, or other reusable containers.
  4. Use dishwasher powdered detergent instead of plastic wrapped detergent.

Resources: 

  1. A webinar “Good Trouble for a Healthy Planet 2020 Interfaith Dialogue,” scheduled for September 24, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT, honoring Congressman John Lewis’s legacy by the inclusion of international diverse voices; the sharing of experiences by those disproportionately impacted by climate change; and by highlighting the compounding effects of racial inequity and injustice. Register here: Good Trouble for a Healthy Planet Registration
  2. Monday, September 14th, 2:00-3:00 PM CDT The second webinar in the series, “Climate Change, Our Faith Values, and 2020”, is hosted by Interfaith Power & Light, Catholic Climate Covenant, and Young Evangelicals for Climate Action.  Presenters include: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, PhD, endowed professor of political science and director of the Climate Center at Texas Tech University and Rev. Susan Hendershot, president of Interfaith Power and Light  Register for Climate Change, Our Faith Values, and 2020 here: REGISTER for WEBINAR #2
  3. A New Deal for Planetary Health. COVID 19 is forcing all sectors of society to rethink how they operate and remain resilient in a post COVID future. Building on Planetary Health – Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves, the webinar, led by the book editors Howard Frumkin and Samuel Meyers, will explore reframing planetary health thinking to reimagine food, energy, placemaking, chemistry, and the economy in ways that can leads to a convergence of human wellbeing and the protection of natural systems. Register here. (Wed, Sep 9, 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Central)
  4. Climate Change is a Hunger Issue. From Bread for the World, hunger rates have been on the rise for the last several years. Climate change is a contributing factor. Join Bread for the World Institute for a conversation with a panel of experts, including farmers, on how climate change is affecting global food systems and what changes are needed to address the impact of climate change. Register here. (Thu, Sep 24, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Central)
  5. Join hundreds of people of faith for a free, virtual Green Team Summit, September 13-17th. People of faith from across Illinois and beyond will join together with experts to explore the connection between COVID-19, the climate crises, and systemic racism. Register here for free today. Recordings will be made available to all who register.

Voting is an Act of Love

Franciscan Action Network is developing three election related videos. The first on Morality in Government has just been released. Forthcoming are videos on Care for Creation and Compassion at the Border. Here is the link to the first one: https://youtu.be/vgZQL3RSfeo.  Watch their web page https://franciscanaction.org for the release of the next two. There is also a toolkit and links to readings and documents for anyone who might be interested.

Immigration

The Immigration 2021 Plan has been in development for months and now over 170 immigration and advocacy organizations have endorsed this blueprint for the next administration to restore human dignity to a system weaponized by the current administration, reinforce core American values, and power the economic recovery of the nation. Link to The Immigration 2021 Plan  For an overview, joint the Live Stream presentation by Sister Attracta Kelly, OP. www.adriandominicans.org/Live Stream.aspx On September 15,12:30 - 2:00 pm CDT

Season of Creation and Immigration

September 09, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Eat Healthy -- Keep the Planet Healthy
A typical meal bought from a supermarket uses 14-17 times more petroleum for transport than the same meal using local ingredients. Red meat production produces 5 times more emissions than its poultry counterparts. 1 lb. of beef takes 5,000 gallons of water for animals and crops. (Jesse Holth, HuffPost)

Action: 

  1. Reduce consumption of red meat.
  2. As a source of protein used plant-based foods such as lentils, beans, and whole grain.
  3. Shop at a farmer’s market; join a local food co-op; grow your own vegetables.
  4. Cook only what you can eat.

Season of Creation Resources:

  1. Catholic Social teachings and PoliticsAn invitation from Catholic Climate Covenant to join Most Reverend John E. Stowe, OFM Conv., Bishop of Lexington, KY, to discuss this and more as we host our first Season of Creation webinar, “Catholic Social Teaching, Politics, and the 'Fullness of Faith, Thursday, September 10 at 3 p.m. Eastern.
  2. Wisconsin Interfaith Power an Light invitation to Green Team Summit 2020, A Just recovery, September 13-17. Register for free here. 
  3. NRDC provides this resource: Industrial Agriculture 101

Immigration


Act NOW!

Trump administration is currently considering how many refugees to welcome in 2021. U.S. law requires that the President consult with both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees before making the “Presidential Determination” and it states that the process must be completed and number set by September 30.
 
Nearly two hundred organizations, including the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have already sent a letter to President Trump urging him to build back the U.S. resettlement program by setting a goal of 95,000 refugees.

Either call your Senators and Representative using the Capitol Hill switchboard (202) 224-3121 or Click here to use Justice for Immigrants message. Either way the message is the same.
 
As your constituent, I urge you to ensure that the Trump Administration meaningfully consults with Congress before September 30, 2020, about the annual refugee admission goal for FY 2021. I also ask you to urge the Administration to build back annual refugee admissions to the historic average of 95,000 refugees admitted per year.

Thank for your consideration.
 


Pray for Peaceful & Just Elections

September 08, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

We The People

We invite you share in a simple five minutes of individual contemplative silence at whatever time you choose each Tuesday leading up to election day.

Want to take another action for peaceful and just elections? Each week, we’ll provide an action item - some will be much easier to do than others - participate in the actions as you are able.

We Pray

My [child] do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion;
they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
— Proverbs 3:21-23 (NIV)

We Act

Contact Your Legislators

16 states and D.C. already have automatic voter registration (AVR). If your state doesn’t already have AVR, call your local legislators and 1) tell them that you are in favor of automatic voter registration and 2) ask them to introduce automatic voter registration bill or what the status of the current bill is.

Resource/Actions (September 4)

September 04, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Season of Creation Header Image

It is easy to think that my small efforts will not solve the problems facing Earth. It is true, they won't, but joined with the efforts of millions of other people they have an impact. The Dali Lama said “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. Be a mosquito and together we will be a swarm!”  Even then, It will take the concerted effort of individuals plus the united commitment of nations, corporations and organizations to successfully address the threats to our planet.

During the Season of Creation, Justice Alerts will offer simple reminders/suggestions for intentionally caring for Earth. Thank you to Sister Janet Ahler and Associate Pat Belongie, members of the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation's carbon footprint subcommittee for their research. 


ENERGY
 Anytime an electric cord is plugged into a socket it draws energy. In the U.S such “vampire power” is responsible for draining up to 19 billion dollars in energy every year.  Major home appliances account for one third of residential electricity consumption. (Mike Berners, How Bad are Bananas)
Action:

  1. Unplug items you use once or twice a day.
  2. Shut down computer and printer when you have finished using them.
  3. Use the dishwasher during the night when more electricity is available.
  4. Purchase high efficiency “Energy Star” appliances, which are certified to save energy; recycle old appliances.
  5. When you are not home, set thermostat higher in the summer and lower in winter.

RESOURCES:

  • The Laudato Si’ and Integral Ecology Franciscan Online Course is offered to everyone who wants to gain insights into the major themes of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical and who desires to become a part of the global Franciscan movement towards ecological conversion and systemic change. Register Here  
  • Pope Francis' September 1 message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation 

Census

The schedule for the 2020 Census has jumped all over the place this year. Recently it was shortened to end September 30 instead of October 31. Three options are offered for responding to the census: 1) Online, 2) Mail, 3) In person visit. Please inform any one who is fearful of responding because he/she is not a citizen that there is no citizenship question on the census form.  There are challenges to the reduced time in the courts, so we may not have heard the last word yet.

COVID-19

JustFaith Ministries:  On Thursday, September 10, 7:00 p.m. EDT, Mr. Bill O’Keefe, Executive Vice President, Mission, Mobilization & Advocacy, for Catholic Relief Services, will give a presentation entitled, “Think Globally; Act Virtually!  Advocacy in the COVID Era.”  Register Here

Immigrants and Refugees: At least 687 people have caught COVID-19 in ICE custody in Arizona. People are not being detained safely and need to be released. Click here to find a Toolkit with ways to hold ICE accountable for COVID Infections. Raise an alarm about the continuation of deportations during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ever-worsening anti-asylum executive orders. Demand that your elected officials stop the deportations and defund the Asylum Cooperative Agreements. Sign a letter here.

As Congress is debating the next stimulus and recovery bill, contact your members of Congress today to make sure that money gets to the people and places that need it most. Click Here.

Capital Punishment

As it stand now there are no executions scheduled to take place during the months of October and November.  

Peaceful and Just Elections

Plan to Vote:

  • Register, or check to make sure that you are registered to vote. Make sure that you were not purged from the list of registered voters.
  • The most recent advice to assure that your ballot is counted is to vote early or at the polls.
  • If you choose the mail-in option, make sure that you follow carefully the directions for filling out both the ballot and the mailing envelope. Mail your ballot back as early as possible, or drop it in an official drop box, or hand it in at your polling place on election day. Most states are saying you must request a mail-in ballot by October 20 and recommend that you get it in the mail by October 26 or 27. States differ on when the deadline for submitting a ballot. Some say it must arrive by a certain time on election day. Others say they must be postmarked that day.
  • Do not vote twice--even if the President advises it. Voting twice is a felony offence. 

Help Others Vote: 

  • Share the above information with others.
  • Help someone register to vote or apply for a mail-in ballot. 
  • Remind family, friends, co-workers to register and to vote.
  • Volunteer to be a poll worker. Check out your polling place's safety precautions. 

Did You Know?

September 03, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Happy Founders Day

Did you know that CSA shares this celebration with another significant person? A recent Horizons column on Global Sisters Report is Befriending Phoebe, a co-worker in the kingdom by Colleen Gibson, a Sister of St. Joseph of Philadelphia reminds us that today is St. Phoebe's feast day. The apostle  Paul told the Romans to graciously receive the deacon Phoebe and give her any help she needed. Can't we ask the same, for women to truly share their gifts in ministry in the church?

Quoting Colleen Gibson:
"When I first heard about Phoebe's ministry, I wondered how I hadn't heard about it sooner. A search of the Scriptures used at daily Mass revealed why Phoebe hadn't crossed my path. "In the continuous reading from Romans, verses one and two of chapter 16 are omitted," Benedictine Sr. Ruth Fox writes in her work on women in the Bible, "Thus churchgoers will never hear in our liturgy of Phoebe, a woman who was a deacon."

One can't be sure of the reason for this omission, but by excluding Phoebe (and the stories of many other women) from the lectionary, the church makes a distinctive choice about the models of church and stories of faith it chooses to lift up. Phoebe's absence from daily readings obscures the history of women deacons in our church and directs popular consciousness away from considering women's place in ordained roles of leadership in the church.

Phoebe is part of a much larger story of women deacons. In the Western church, from the first Christian communities through the 12th century, women carried out the ministry of the diaconate in its fullness, serving in the diaconal ministries: baptizing and anointing, proclaiming and preaching on the Gospel, caring for those on the margins, assisting in liturgy, and helping to sustain the life of the church through their ordained ministry.

Yet, in the 12th century, when the diaconate became a transitional ministry exclusively for men pursuing priesthood, women deacons ceased to be ordained."   ...
    
St. Phoebe, pray for us.  

Season of Creation

September 01, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

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September 1 was proclaimed as a Day of Prayer Creation for the Eastern Orthodox Church by Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios Iin 1989. It was embraced by other major Christian European churches in 2001, and by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church in 2015. This year's theme is Jubilee for the Earth.

A Prayer for our Earth 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 upon 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 the 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 every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
* This prayer is included in Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical Laudato si’


Resources: 

  1. Register for this online prayer service from Catholic Climate Movement. Youth from around the globe will lead this service and offer reflections.
  2. Join Columban missionaries from around the world for a podcast mini-series about the beauty of biodiversity and the threats it faces. Grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and the Columban experience, this podcast will explore how caring for our common home is integral to our lives as people of faith and global citizens.  Called "Jubilee for the Earth: Biodiversity & Our Sacred Story," these six episodes will be released throughout the 2020 Season of Creation (September 1 - October 4). Each episode will explore biodiversity and a related issue like economic justice, peace, migration, and other themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Register Here
  3. This booklet introduces the Season of Creation and offers resources for celebrating each of the Sundays of the season from September 1st, the World Day for Prayer for Creation through October 4th, the feast of St. Francis. It offers penitential rite suggestions, prayers for the liturgy, scriptural reflections and more.   
  4. Ignatian Solidarity Network offers a challenge to develop daily habits for a healthy planet.

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