Last month, April 2015, we joined Pope Francis in praying and acting for creation.
The Holy Father’s Universal Prayer Intention for April was “That people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift of God”.
The invitation was twofold:
1. INVITATION TO PRAY:
As Christians we believe in the power of prayer, so we encourage you to include the Holy Father’s prayer intention (“That people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift of God”) into your community’s liturgy throughout April. Also, you can find several resources with a Care for Creation focus online at bit.ly/care4creationmonth, that you could incorporate into the prayer life of your parish: Rosary meditations, Holy Hour meditations, litany to the Holy Trinity, daily meditations, etc.
2. INVITATION TO ACT:
Pope Francis told us: “On climate change there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act.”
The Global Catholic Climate Movement has prepared a Catholic petition addressed to the world leaders who will meet in a U.N. Climate Summit at Paris in December 2015, to urge them to commit to ambitious, pro-life action and solve the urgent climate crisis. We hope that you can join in promoting the petition within your parishioners. Instructions are available online at bit.ly/catholicpetition
As Catholics we choose respect for life, and we are called to turn from how we have caused damage to ourselves, others, and creation, to realize how we have missed the mark and inadvertently caused death or destruction, and to make life-giving choices. We ask forgiveness, reconcile and recommit ourselves to life so to begin again. We lift our voices for life and creation, now and in the future, with our faith in Resurrection.
Further information on #Care4CreationMonth can be found at http://catholicclimatemovement.global/care4creationmonth/