Season of Creation

The cover for the USCCB publication of The Season of Creation is a month long prayerful observance that calls the planet’s Christians to pray and care for God’s creation. It began September 1, the World Day Prayer for the Care of Creation and concluded October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology.

After publishing his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si, on Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis added the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation to the Catholic calendar as an annual day of prayer. Pope Francis says, “Now is the time to rediscover our vocation as children of God… and stewards of creation… We are beloved creatures of God, who in his goodness calls us to love life and live it in communion with the rest of creation”.

Christina Leano says in the book, Give Us This Day,

“Ponder what God is saying to you through nature…

reflect on your sense of communion and solidarity with all beings,

especially the poor and forgotten.”

As I pulled out of the driveway one early Autumn morning, there was a bright light shining through the trees. As I drove on I was headed toward the light and felt God’s presence leading me. Then I saw the morning sunrise break through the trees! That evening while eating dinner I looked out the window and again there was a bright light shining through the trees. The light of God’s presence was upon me again as the sun was setting! God speaks to me as I live “in communion with the rest of creation!”

~ Sr. Mary Anne Pierson, MSBT