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2022 Season of Creation Prayer

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.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.

You called human beings to till and keep your garden.
You placed us into right relationships
with each creature so that we could listen to their voices,
and learn how to safeguard the conditions for life.
But we turn in on ourselves and away from our co-creatures.

We close our ears to the counsel of our fellow 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.

We lament the loss of our fellow species
and their habitats that will never speak again.
We grieve the loss of human cultures,
along with the lives and livelihoods
that have been displaced or perished.
Creation cries out as forests crackle,
and animals alike flee the fires of injustice
that we have lit by our unwillingness to listen.

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.
Breathe upon us.
Open our ears and move our hearts.
Turn us from our inward gaze.
Teach us to contemplate your creation,
and listen for the voice of each creature
declaring your glory.
For “faith comes from hearing.”

Give us hearts to listen for the good news
of your promise to renew the face of the Earth.
Enlighten us with the grace to follow the Way of Christ
as we learn to walk lightly upon this holy ground.
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. 

Taken from
Listen to the voices of creation

Bishop Cantú has enrolled the Diocese of San Jose to be a part of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si Action Platform. Families, schools and parishes can learn more and sign up at Stewards of Our Common Home.

The Diocesan Stewards of Our Common Home team, invites you, the diocesan community, to a series of events celebrating the Season of Creation:
  • Tuesday, September 13 at 7pm - Earth on Your Plate Presentation, by Mohan Gurunathan. Learn why diet change is essential to saving our planet. Registration needed and link will be emailed to you. 
  • Saturday morning, September 17 - California Coastal Cleanup Day. Register with the CA Coastal Commission and participate in the cleanup of a local waterway. 
  • Thursday, September 22 at 7 PM - Virtual Introduction to the Laudato Si Action Platform. Learn how Catholics locally and around the US are living Pope Francis’ call for environmental and social justice action at all levels of the Catholic Church. Registration needed and link will be emailed to you. 
The Season of Creation begins September 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology.
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