Inspired by the Laudato Si’ encyclical, and following the example of other Christian denominations and the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines, the Global Catholic Climate Movement recently introduced people to the Season of Creation and urged them to celebrate it worldwide. The Season of Creation is designated from September 1st (designated this year by Pope Francis as World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) to October 4th (St. Francis Feast Day.)
Franciscan Action Network Action Commissioner, Carolyn Townes, OFS is National Chair, Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, U.S. Secular Franciscan Order. She developed the "Franciscan Season of Creation" resource listed below as a prayer inspired by St. Francis for use during the Season of Creation. With quotes from the Canticle of Creatures as well as reflections from many diverse sources, it is a beautiful prayer guide for hosting vigils through the remainder of the season.
A few years back, Carolyn also developed a resource titled "Season of Peace" for use from St. Francis' Feast Day through to Christmas. Each week, the Season of Peace resource brings forth in thought a virtue to contemplate, learn about and pray on. Coupled with prayers and reflections from the Bible, this resource is a well-planned 12 week guide to fostering peace within your heart, mind and soul.
FAN is proud to introduce these resources from our blessed sister, friend and commissioner, Carolyn. They will continue to be available on this page and you are welcome to share them.