Ask God to open our hearts and our ears, that we may be willing to protect His creation.
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Many individuals and leaders in the world are concerned about humanity’s care of creation. It can seem at times that humans have no regard for the natural world, and corporations have increasingly treated the environment with little respect.
In order to combat this disregard for God’s creation, Pope Francis and others, including the Laudato Si’ Movement, have established an annual Season of Creation to pray and work for a better future.
Here is a prayer from the Season of Creation, asking that God’s creation be protected.
Creator of All,
From your communion of love your Word went forth to
create a symphony of life that sings your praise.
By your Holy Wisdom you made the Earth to bring forth a
diversity of creatures who praise you in their being. You
called human beings to till and keep your garden. But we
turn in on ourselves and away from our co-creatures.
We fail to listen to the cries of the poor and the needs of the
most vulnerable. We silence the voices of those who hold
the traditions that teach us to care for the Earth. We close our
ears to your creative, reconciling and sustaining Word that
calls to us through the Scriptures.
Creation cries out as forests crackle, and animals alike flee
the fires of injustice that we have lit by our unwillingness to
In this Season of Creation, we pray that you would call to us,
as from the burning bush, with the sustaining fire of your
Spirit. Turn us from our inward gaze. Teach us to contemplate
your creation, and listen for the voice of each creature
declaring your glory.
Give us hearts to listen, enlighten us with your grace, and fill
us with the hope to quench the fires of injustice with the light
of your healing love that sustains our common home.
In the name of the One who came to proclaim good news to
all creation, Jesus Christ. Amen.