The Season of Creation began on Sept. 1 and continues through Oct. 4. Christians around the world are encouraged to pray for the care of Creation and to consider ways to act. Below are some resources from a variety of Catholic environmental organizations to help you more substantively engage in this Season.
In his message on the World Day of Prayer for the 2019 Season of Creation, Pope Francis calls on the faithful to make this Season a time to reacquaint ourselves with praying in nature, to reflect on our lifestyles, and to take prophetic actions. I write to share an
The Catholic Climate Covenant offers a comprehensive resource to engage with the Season of Creation, whose theme this year is the web of life.
September 20, 2019 – Global Climate Strike Catholics and people of faith are participating in the Sept. 20 Global Climate Strike in a variety of ways to command attention and urge action from world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly. The ISN and Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology have collected ideas and resources to help everyone engage in some way, including:
Collective action ideas to collaborate with the Ignatian Family
Advocacy opportunities to care for our Common Home
For those less sure of the need to act to protect Creation, they should read Global Catholic Climate Movement board member Dr. Lorna Gold’s article on reasons Catholics schools should consider doing something for the strike.
October 4, 2019 – Feast of St. Francis of Assisi The Catholic Climate Covenant has available a 90-minute prayer and reflection for the Feast of St. Francis, focused on the October Amazonian Synod, environmental and climate justice and voices of indigenous communities.
Nick Napolitano is the Assistant for Social Ministries for the Maryland and USA Northeast Jesuit Provinces. Nick can be reached at email@example.com.
July 1, 2020 – Fifteen representatives from Jesuit parishes and organizations in New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina, participated in a Day of Virtual Action in Spanish with a member of Senator Bob Menéndez's (D-NJ) staff on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
On the eve of the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, we gather (online) to pray as one Ignatian community for healing, justice, and peace. Join us on Thursday, July 30, from 7:00-7:30 PM ET for this bilingual prayer service.
June 29, 2020 - Join Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, on Sun., Aug. 2 at 4 p.m., for a live, interactive discussion as he shares the Ignatian way of making decisions and the surprising closeness to God it brings, which is needed now more than ever. This event is hosted by the Jesuit retreat houses on the East Coast, and proceeds from the event will go to support their ministries.
Join us for "Examen Live!" online on July 17, at 12:30 PM (ET) with Elaine Ireland and Jim Palmer from Loyola on the Potomac Jesuit retreat house. At the end of the week, let's take a deep breath, remember that we are in the presence of God, and spend a few minutes in prayerful reflection. Sign up to receive updates and reminders.
June 18, 2020 – Today, we thank God for the Supreme Court's decision which blocks the current administration from ending DACA. In the last few months, we have been witnesses to many families’ enduring uncertainty as they awaited a decision on DACA. We abide in deep gratitude today.
For nine days leading up to the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we are praying a Sacred Heart Novena, which was written and adapted by Fr. David Stewart, SJ. Pope Francis asks us this month to "pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus." Pray this short, simple prayer with us for nine days—June 11-19.
June 5, 2020 – My colleagues and I at the Office of Ignatian Spirituality are deeply troubled by the recent deaths of unarmed people of color—George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and far too many others—and we stand in solidarity with all those voicing outrage. The racism and injustice behind these tragedies is further laid bare by the ongoing suffering caused by the pandemic, which we know affects people of color disproportionately.