August 30, 2017: A World Day of Prayer for Creation

~by Susi Pittman


This coming week, our Holy Father Pope Francis has asked us to make September 1st a Day of Prayer for Creation.

Stewardship of the earth can only happen if each of us feels personally responsible for the well-being and care of it. It goes back to the basics of being a “created” being by the Creator-God who has given humanity dominion over all the earth. In the continuance of God’s divine providence, humankind is asked to be “good” caretakers of the earth and its creatures and to always address the gifts of creation with a huge amount of brotherhood and sharing. How does one go about seeing ones place in this calling to service as a steward of Gods creation?

  • Reverence. It is in the respect, honor and veneration that we give our Creator that we are immediately connected to a higher level of being and performance. Our work is touched with purpose and we move into a voluntary relationship of care and love for our surroundings and our fellow man. Have you ever just stretched out on the grass on a mid-summer’s night and gazed at a cloudless sky covered in stars, as you listened to the hum of nearby crickets and not been moved in the awe of the moment? That same “awe” is the path to sharing in the reverence of the One who created you. It is the initial way of connecting in a deeper more profound experience in understanding.
  • Value. Value always follows the respect of that which we hold dear. We show we value something by our words and behavior. It is essential when we address our role as stewards of creation. Nothing can influence another persons mind more than an example set. Christ led us entirely by his example. All of His words were truth and all of His works held “value” in their actions. If we are to lead, we must by example show the value and necessity of such leadership by our own behavior. I loved what Saint Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the gospel, and sometimes use words.” Reverence of our God and the great gift of this planet leads us to value the gift.
  • Responsibility. The choices we make create an immediate environment around us that affect all who come within the realm of it. We are, like it or not, inextricably interconnected with one another and the family of creation. That is the way God intended it. This truth never has changed. We exist in a world of high tech highways and aloof ivory towers that have certainly conditioned us over a period of time to a more singular, self-involved and distant relationship with our world. But, the truth still exists. We are still responsible at the most basic level for the care of this world. We cannot be distanced from it, no matter the false mantra. Responsible actions are the mandate of every good steward to conduct the mission given each one of us to serve our God on this earth.

Take time in the week ahead, to seek God our in prayer. Invoke the help of Saint Francis of Assisi to aid you in an action to become a better steward of creation. Start your pathway to a deeper relationship with God by caring for the creation that is closest to you. And be by your example a call to others around you to join in the “caring for creation through peaceful responsibility.”

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Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; a member of the St. John’ s Catholic Writers Guild;
a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the National Wildlife Federation, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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