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Pray, Reflect, and Act with Pope Francis this Season of Creation

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Dear George,

At the closing ceremony of a recent interfaith peace gathering in Assisi, Pope Francis stated, “Today we have pleaded for the holy gift of peace.  We have prayed that consciences will be mobilized to defend the sacredness of human life, to promote peace between peoples and to care for creation, our common home.” He beautifully expressed the interconnectedness between issues of nonviolence and ecology.

As we enter this fourth week of the Season of Creation, we are deeply encouraged that 20 more nations have ratified the Paris climate agreement bringing the total to 60. While the required number of countries has been reached, the commitments are still 12% short of the global emissions required before the agreement goes into force.

As we reflect and act this week, let us pray that this gap be closed in the coming weeks.

God bless,

Christina on behalf of the GCCM Team



PRAY: Do an Ecological Examen

In Thursday’s Laudato Si prayer session we explored ways that the spirituality of St. Ignatius can help us find God in all things. One of Ignatius’ wonderful spiritual tools is the Daily Examen, which is a prayerful reflection on what happened during the day in order to detect God's presence. Fr. Joseph Carver, SJ, has developed an Ecological Examen with suggestions of how to use this tool to deepen in our understanding of our relationship with creation.  

Invitation: Spend 10 minutes this week doing an Ecological Examen as suggested by Fr. Joseph Carver, SJ. Listen to what stirrings or invitations you receive as you bring to God your relationship with all of creation.

Our last Laudato Si Prayer Session will be with Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB, Director of the World Community of Christian Meditation. In this session, Fr. Laurence will guide us in a Scripture based lectio, an introduction to silent meditation in the Christian tradition of the prayer of the heart, followed by a few minutes silence. The session will take place Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 AM New York EDT/1:00 PM Rome (see your local time here). To register for this session click here.

 



REFLECT:
Fossil Fuel Expansion Has Reached the Sky’s Limit

A new study released by Oil Change International, in partnership with GCCM and 13 other organizations, scientifically grounds the growing movement to keep carbon in the ground by stopping all new fossil fuel development and industry expansion. The report, The Sky’s Limit: Why the Paris Climate Goals Require a Managed Decline of Fossil Fuel Production, reveals that the potential carbon emissions from the oil, gas, and coal in the world’s currently operating fields and mines would take us beyond 2°C of warming.

Invitation:  Take some time to reflect on the significance of the key findings from the report by reading the executive summary or this article which provides some highlights.

 



ACT: Support Nonviolence Pledge 

As mentioned in the opening letter, peace and ecology are deeply connected. In Laudato Si, Pope Francis mentions some of the links between war and environmental degradation  “War always does grave harm to the environment and to the cultural riches of peoples, risks which are magnified when one considers nuclear arms and biological weapons”  (LS, 57). In honor of the International Day of Peace (September 21), GCCM endorsed a statement promoted by the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative promoting the Gospel message of nonviolence and reconciliation.

Invitations:

   
  • Last, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting an Online Prayer Service for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4 at 8 am EDT/ 2 pm CEST (check your local time here). This will be a wonderful way to end the Season of Creation with our global community. You can register for the prayer service here.


CLOSING: POPE FRANCIS' PRAYER

As you finish reading this email, we invite to spend two minutes to pray for your coming week, for it to be a week of deeper communion with God our Creator and all of creation. You can then offer this prayer that Pope Francis released in his September 1 message.

 

O God of the poor,

help us to rescue the abandoned

and forgotten of this earth,

who are so precious in your eyes…

God of love, show us our place in this world

as channels of your love

for all the creatures of this earth” (ibid., 246),

God of mercy, may we receive your forgiveness

and convey your mercy throughout our common home.

Praise be to you!

Amen.

 
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