Today, September 1, begins the Season of Creation, a month-long ecumenical call to practice creation care as an act of radical hospitality, safeguarding a place for all creatures, human and more human, in our common home.
Today is the World Day of Prayer for Creation, a “feast day” established by Pope Francis in 2015 to celebrate the beginning of the Season of Creation. Each year from September 1 to October 4, the Christian family unites for this worldwide celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home. As followers of Christ from around the globe, we share a common role as caretakers of God’s creation. We see that our wellbeing is interwoven with its wellbeing. We rejoice in this opportunity to care for our common home and the sisters and brothers who share it.
This year, the theme for the season is “A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God”. The logo is Abraham and Sarah’s tent, symbolizing “A home for all.” Abraham and Sarah opened their tent as a home for three strangers, who turned out to be God’s angels (Genesis 18). By creating a home for all, their act of radical hospitality became a source of great blessing. Abraham and Sarah’s tent is a symbol of our ecumenical call to practice creation care as an act of radical hospitality, safeguarding a place for all creatures, human and more human, in our common home, the household (oikos) of God.
Please join the Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids in prayer and action this month as we focus and challenge ourselves to reflect on God’s creation as a gift to be shared by all.
Our Care of Creation Response Team has prepared daily prayers for us. We invite all to join together in our Dominican family with all the lovers of Earth on the planet during these days of reflection and commitment.