I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all…We require a new and universal solidarity… All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.(Laudato Si’, 14)
Pope Francis has declared September 1 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. This day provides us with an opportunity to pause and contemplate the gift that God has given us through the magnificence of Creation, which includes His people, and to reflect on our role in honoring, preserving, and protecting that gift for all. The Encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home provides a wonderful context for this important day of prayer.
As we join the global community in prayer, this year, let us focus our attention on the many people around the world whose lives are being impacted by wildfires, particularly our neighbours in British Columbia.
A Prayer for Our Earth
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
(Laudato Si’, 246)