Justice & Peace
Care of Creation
Season of Creation
From September 1, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, major Christian churches throughout the world celebrate the “Season of Creation,” a time of prayer, advocacy and action on behalf of Creation.
The theme this year is “Jubilee for the Earth.” A time of jubilee is intended to be a time of rest, recovery and restoration. Humans need this, but so does the Earth. Certainly during this time of COVID-19, we have experienced the interconnectedness between our usual lifestyles and aspects of them that harm the earth. The pandemic has also laid bare the inequalities that exist in our economy and health care systems. So the goal of the organizers of this year’s Season of Creation is to engage us in reflection on Earth’s need for Jubilee, and in advocacy and actions to restore right relationships between the Earth and its inhabitants. We need to attend to this work of restoring balance on the personal, communal, national and global levels.
For more information on the Season of Creation, including prayers, suggestions for action, and areas for advocacy, see https://seasonofcreation.org/
CSJ Corporate Stance on Behalf of the Earth (April 12, 1992)
We, the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston and Associates – as individuals, as local communities, as Congregation, as peoples of the earth, in the spirit of our charism of unity and reconciliation, call ourselves to transformation of our relationship with the earth and all creation.
Joining together in the struggle to live out this call, we commit ourselves:
- To contemplate and proclaim the presence of God in the whole of creation.
- To recognize the web of life…the unity and interdependence of all creation.
- To cherish the earth as our sacred home, to reverence her holiness, and to rejoice in her beauty.
- To initiate or support efforts to heal the earth’s damaged environment, to restore balance and harmony to the natural life-processes of the earth as an expression of our charism of reconciliation.
- To reaffirm our call to stand with the poor in their struggle for justice by sharing the finite resources of the planet justly.
- To insure the fullness of life for future generations by adopting lifestyles, values and practices which help to sustain renewable resources and preserve the diversity of creation. In simplicity and joy, we commit ourselves to being Passionate lovers of God’s earth.
U.S. Catholic Climate Declaration
In April 2018, the Catholic Climate Covenant launched a campaign to collect endorsements from Catholic organizations to the Catholic Climate Declaration. This document is meant to express solidarity with the “We Are Still In” campaign. Both efforts address commitment to action to address climate change. On June 18, 2018, the Catholic Climate Covenant published the names of Catholic institutions throughout the United States who signed the declaration through their leadership. The date coincided with the third anniversary of the publication of Laudato Si’. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston signed the Declaration.
As Catholic communities, organizations, and institutions in the United States, we join with state, tribal, and local governments, as well as businesses, financial institutions, and other faith organizations, to declare that we are still in on actions that meet the climate goals outlined in the Paris Agreement. U. S. Catholic Climate Declaration
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