World day of Prayer for Creation
The first of September is the World day of Prayer for Creation. From September 1st to October 4th, Christians from around the world are uniting to pray for creation.
Pope Francis says in Laudato Si, “We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.”
Jesuit Missions strives to put care of creation at the forefront of all that we do. As the changing climate is causing more climate related disasters, we are working with our local partners across the world to train local people in being better prepared for when disaster occurs.
We have recently responded to the devastating flooding in Kerala, South India which led to over four hundred deaths after the worst monsoon rains in over a century. We are working with the local Jesuits to provide emergency support to meet the immediate needs of those affected, by distributing food and providing access to temporary shelter for those who have lost their homes in some of the worst affected regions. We are also supporting the training of local community leaders in disaster preparedness for their community.
In the Philippines, since Typhoon Haiyan hit in 2013, we have been working with local partner Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB) to ensure the local people are prepared and trained for a future disaster should another typhoon occur, as well as providing support on building more resilient houses further from the water’s edge.
During this season of creation, as part of our daily prayer, Jesuit Missions will be praying for Care of Creation. Why don’t you join us by praying the examen, a traditional form of prayer introduced by St Ignatius over four hundred years ago as part of his Spiritual exercises. He invites people to pray the Examen at least once a day as a way of discerning God’s presence in their lives. The Ignatian Solidarity Network have put together an Ecological Examen which asks you to reflect on your personal relationship with creation, and to stand in solidarity with the most marginalised communities who are often those most vulnerable to climate change. You can also find alternative daily reflections on the Jesuits in Britain spirituality blog.
Watch the message below from Pope Francis for this year’s season of creation and join the global movement today by “walking together” with your community as we journey together towards a better common home.