Season of the Spirit Week 3: World Environment Day (5 June)

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29 May 2018

HOW WILL WE CARE FOR THE EARTH AS A COMMUNITY?

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Introduction and suggested process

STUDENT PRAYER

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

PRESENCE OF GOD

We become aware of the presence of God among us.

READING: PSALM 24: 1–2

The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains. The world, and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.

POPE’S VIDEO ON CARE OF CREATION

February 2016. The Pope Video: Care for Creation. For the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer – http://www.apmej.org). Visit http://www.thepopevideo.org for more information. With…

 

REFLECTION

On World Environment Day it is worth returning to Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ passionate exhortation to care for the environment. The most significant insight of the document is that the environment is not something outside ourselves that we have and with which we deal. We are part of the environment. When we speak of the environment we are speaking of ourselves. When we respect or exploit the environment, we are respecting or exploiting ourselves. When we safeguard or put at risk the future of the world, it is our own future and that of our children that we risk or protect.

World Environment Day reminds us that we cannot rescue the world from the consequences of global warming simply by better technology and clever solutions. Care for the environment demands a vision of one another and of the world as inextricably linked so that we take personally the exploitation of the environment and of vulnerable people. This vision calls for a conversion from competition to cooperation, from exploitation to respect, from disregard to attentiveness, and from greed to thankfulness.

A PRAYER FOR OUR EARTH FROM POPE FRANCIS’ LAUDATO SI’

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
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.
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.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for
justice, love and peace.
Amen.

CLOSING PRAYER

Glory Be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen.

CONVERSATION PROMPT QUESTION

What small thing can I do to care for the earth this week?

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STAFF PRAYER

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

PRESENCE OF GOD

We become aware of the presence of God among us.

NAMING MY DESIRE

To hear the cry of the earth.

READING: PSALM 24: 1–2

The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains. The world, and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.

OPTIONAL VIDEO

MIDWAY : trailer : A film by Chris Jordan from Copper Sky Productions on Vimeo.

REFLECTION

This year’s theme for World Environment Day (5 June) is ‘beat plastic pollution.’ And for good reason. As Chris Jordan says about his film: ‘I want people to watch this film and feel sadness and rage and realise that comes from a place of love. Don’t pull the plug out of the bathtub just yet; don’t let all that raw emotion drain away. Once you feel love, you can be more courageous and make more radical choices.’

A PRAYER FOR OUR EARTH FROM POPE FRANCIS’ LAUDATO SI’

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
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.
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.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace. Amen.

CLOSING PRAYER

Glory Be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen.

CONVERSATION PROMPT QUESTION

What small thing can I do to care for the earth this week?

Download week 3 Staff Edition PDF

Resources written by James O'Brien. Edited by Michael McVeigh.
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