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The Season of Creation

By Vicki Lopez-Kaley on Thursday, September 1st 2022

Season of Creation 2022

Earth has distinct seasons, each with unique gifts, wisdom and challenges. In faith communities, we observe seasons of fasting, feasting, quiet listening and high holy ceremonies, public and private.  A person’s life and the life of a community are made up of seasons as we mature and hear the signs of the times.

This year – from Sept. 1 to the feast of St. Francis on Oct. 4 – Pope Francis invites us to enter deeply into “The Season of Creation.” It is a time to reflect on how we cultivate our relationship with creation. The food we eat is one aspect of that relationship, but there is so much more to ask ourselves.

When we show up as part of the natural world, how do we listen? When the Earth community is stripped of its dignity by human attitudes and actions, how do we bring about justice? Do we honor creation as we shop, cook, eat, and spend money and time? How will the voice of the natural world inform our choices as we give our time, our money and our vote?

We can’t fully honor creation on our own. When it’s hard to be optimistic about the future we can build communities of hope to strengthen us for action. Let us pledge to listen more closely to creation and to what is ours to do. Let’s read, discuss and learn not only how to love creation, but how she loves and cares for us. We can be more grateful for Creation’s gifts and live so that earth may be grateful for us because we continue to do and be different because we listened to God’s voice speaking through hers.

Season of Creation Opportunities:

Explore this ecumenical site for various opportunities:

Although the events below are local to the La Crosse area, watch for more ways that the Integral Ecology Office will promote the Laudato Si Action Platform throughout this next year.

Taize Prayer Service: Welcoming the Season of Creation | Thursday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m. | FSPA Prayer Garden across from chapel
Click here
for a link to the service.

Care for Creation Mass | Tuesday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m. |  Mary of the Angels Chapel

Canticle of the Sun Prayer Service | Tuesday, Oct. 4, 11:50 a.m. | FSPA Prayer Garden across from Chapel

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