A Catholic Season of Creation
The Catholic Season of Creation runs from 1 September through to 4 October, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. Based on the “cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” and the themes emerging from Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si”, this season is a call for Catholic communities to “systematically answer Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si to respect what scientists tell us about billions of years of cosmic evolution and contemplate God’s presence there. We can recognise that the earth is being abused; that poor people are the first to suffer; and pray to be responsible carers for the multiple gifts of the earth as co-creators with God.”
Our own Directions Statement asserts that “Embracing a plurality of world views, we are a faith-filled community impelled by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be co-builders with God and with each other, as we serve our world, especially the poor and vulnerable”. We have tangibly expressed what it means to be a people in communion with our natural world and with each other.
In August, Dr Carmody Grey, a visiting theologian from the UK, addressed all staff and challenged us to recognise the way that our consumer choices influence and impact the Earth we share with all of God’s creation. If her challenge makes us stop and think about one consumer choice that we are making, then she, and we, will be making a difference to our world.
At the following website, https://seasonofcreation.org/, you will find statements from Church Leaders regarding the Season of Creation, including one from Pope Francis. His wisdom and gentle urging are inspiring.
Formation of the Heart
“We invite you to ponder God’s presence around our table and share in ‘voices from the heart.’” Mary Aikenhead Ministries has launched a new app, called “Voices from the Heart”, which presents in digital form thoughtful and contemporary daily reflections and prayer. Beginning with a short quote from scripture and moving into contemporary story and reflection, the app invites you to silent prayer contemplating the prompts from each day and how we entertain these in our daily living. I highly recommend this app to all, for your personal prayer or for communal prayer. You can download the free app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play and the web-based link can be found here https://www.voicesfromtheheart.com.au/.