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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

St. Francis of Assisi Saint of Ecology

Francis of Assisi offers Christians an example of genuine and deep respect for the integrity of creation. As a friend of the poor who was loved by God’s creatures, Saint Francis invited all of creation—animals, plants, natural forces, even Brother Sun and Sister Moon—to give honor and praise to the Lord. The poor man of Assisi gives us striking witness that when we are at peace with God, we are better able to devote ourselves to building up that peace with all creation which is inseparable from peace among all peoples.

“It is my hope that the inspiration of Saint Francis will help us to keep ever alive a sense of ‘fraternity’ with all those good and beautiful things which Almighty God has created. And may he remind us of our serious obligation to respect and watch over them with care, in light of that greater and higher fraternity that exists within the human family.”

—Message of Pope John Paul II for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace: Peace with God the Creator, Peace with all of Creation, 1 January 1990, paragraph 16.

This Sunday we will reflect on the call of God to be mindful stewards of this planet and all its creatures. We will celebrate the gift creation brings to us, especially our beloved pets. We will pause in prayer to honor those animals who have died. We will bless those who live among us.

As we recognize our mutual interdependence with God’s creatures, the Church’s witness of stewardship of creation is strengthened.

See you in worship!