Season of Creation
Sr. Carmel Ryan DC and Sr. Anna Byrne DC
Creation Time, as it is sometimes called, starts on September 1st and concludes, most appropriately, on the feast day of St Francis of Assisi on October 4th. The timing of this season is apt as it coincides with the fruitfulness of harvest and our trees turning from green to red and brown-surely a time to celebrate the bounty and joy of creation! Becoming aware of and taking notice of the grandeur of creation during this season calls us to act to restore our common home. In his ground -breaking encyclical, Laudato Si’, with it subtitle ‘on care for our common home’ Pope Francis says, “The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God.” (L Si’ 84) By celebrating the Season of Creation, and using Laudato Si’ to guide us, we can, without doubt, travel a path towards a heightened 2021 Christian awareness and really appreciate God’s greatest gift to us. Afterall, I am unlikely to want to damage something I hold precious.