April 22nd Monday is the official day for celebrating Earth Day. However, the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) are celebrating it on Sunday April 28th on Mercy Sunday this year - `have mercy on the earth’.
We invite you to try to celebrate Earth Day on one of these dates or one of the days in between. The suggestion is to celebrate it by planting a tree. Lovely if this is possible otherwise maybe celebrate an existing tree remembering those who are struggling against deforestation, especially in the Amazonian region.
Much of the Amazonian rainforest has been cut down. Forests provide oxygen and store carbon which helps us all. Reforestation wherever, is one of the ways we can help to draw down carbon and mitigate the climate chaos which is already underway. We can also remember all those who are committed to working to protect the forests, and all those who live there, usually the first protectors of the forest.
Leader: O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of
this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may
protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not
pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for
gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Creative Spirit,
All: enlighten our hearts and remain with Your world.
Leader: Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and
contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every
creature as we journey towards your infinite light. Creative Spirit:
ALL : enlighten our hearts and remain with Your world.
Leader: We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our
struggle for justice, love and peace.” Creative Spirit.
All: enlighten our hearts and remain with Your world. Amen.
(adapted from A prayer for the Earth, Pope Francis, Laudato Si)
The Global Catholic Climate Movement reminds us that religious sisters can have a real role in inspiring and waking up the rest of the Church concerning protection of our common home. All sorts of Faith groups have an important role too, in adding impetus to hearing and acting on `the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor’ (Laudato Si).
(much loved ex-Assumption Sister) RIP 4th May 2020
Scenes from the lives of the Assumption Sisters in the Province of Europe during lockdown.
A reflection from Sr Rekha, our Superior General
Come Holy Spirit and Renew the Face of the Earth!