Written on: September 6, 2019
We will be sharing short reflections from our Sisters during the Season of Creation which runs from September 1- October 4. Please check back weekly!
Week One: September 1-7
As we head into September and the first week of the Season of Creation, can we be deliberative in noticing the gradual autumnal turn of colors and temperatures, the light and growing darkness? Can we promise ourselves to spend more time outdoors or on our porches and balconies? Will we notice the changes and welcome them as we accept the inevitability of change? Will this lead us to praise our Creator God for the wisdom of nature’s ways? Will it lead us to fervent prayer for the web of life that sustains us, the bees, the butterflies, the birds? Finally, will I be inspired to see more clearly that, yes, even I can do something, something personal to steward our common home? And will I do it?
Submitted by: Sr. Barbara Harrington
Week Two: September 8-14
So each morning,
as bitter, snow laden winds
blow in the open bedroom window,
She scatters seeds
for the tiny speckled sparrows
who flock to the window sill.
In the spring,
Behold! green stems and leaves shoot up.
And in the summer,
Sunflowers bloom everywhere,
nodding at the original Sun.
No planning, no planting, no effort,
just a rich, golden given-ness
She and the sparrows, the seeds
and the summer of sunflowers.
By: Sr. Sheila Stone
Week Three: September 15-21
You, God, visit the land and water it, greatly enriching it;
You level it, softening it with showers, blessing its growth.
Your river in heaven brims over with water
to provide for grain.
Ps. 65 vs. 9-10
And how do we respond to this life giving and life sustaining gift?
There are many toxic chemicals polluting our water and waterways. As of last May, PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have been found in 610 locations and 43 states, threatening the drinking water of 19 million Americans. As recently as September 6, an investigation by the Southern California News Group found cancer-linked toxic PFAS in dozens of water sources in California.
Toxic PFAS, are called “forever chemicals” because they don’t easily break down in the environment, the best way to get rid of them is to stop producing them in the first place. But they are used in dozens of household products from water-repellent clothing to pizza boxes to non-stick pans. They are even found in bottled water.
Food & Water Watch is mobilizing grassroots support to pass comprehensive legislation to protect our families from these dangerous forever chemicals.
To learn about Food & Water Watch, what they are doing and how you can help click here.
How does this current situation square with Pope Francis’ letter of March 22, 2019 on the Occasion of World Water Day?
In line with the central pillar of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, World Water Day is celebrated this year with the slogan: “Leaving no one behind.” Water is an essential good for the balance of ecosystems and the survival of humankind, and it is necessary to manage it, and to care for it, so that it is not contaminated or lost.
This year Grey Nun Leadership added “Water With Blessings” to our on-going support list.
Water with Blessings started in a small neighborhood in Honduras and has grown to 72,000 Water Women in 45 countries, with the original program still going strong. Please visit their website for more information. If you don’t already know about the organization, I think you will be amazed by what they are accomplishing and pleased that we are part of it.
Submitted by: Sr. Diane Bardol
Week 4: September 22-28
Season of Creation Prayer
St. Francis inspired us to love creation and to become instruments of peace. He also is known for the care of the natural environment. How hauntingly familiar it therefore is that Pope Francis should echo this theme in Laudato Si’:
“Pour out upon us the power of Your love that we may protect life and beauty”
“…recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature.”
May each of us diligently do our part to spread the good news of preservation and conservation while eagerly pursuing whatever we can, no matter how small, to grant future generations the joys of a healthy planet.
Submitted by: Sr. Ellie Martinez, GNSH
Week 5: September 29-October 4
It has been suggested that we Christians tuck the Season of Creation into our liturgical calendars along with Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.
Perhaps the suggestion is ‘tongue in cheek’; but it does underline the spiritual challenge of Climate Change for each of us. As dear Pope Francis has reminded us in Laudato Si,
As our observance of the Season of Creation ends, let us pray for this change, a change for the sake of Mother Earth that has the potential of creating a much more compassionate world.
Thank you for your participation in the Season of Creation.
The Earth Committee