The Season of Creation is here, an annual Christian celebration of prayer and action for our common home, which begins with the arrival of Spring, and lasts to the Feast of St Francis of Assisi on 4 October.
In this second week of the Season of Creation, the theme is that of conversion. As the ACBC Social Justice statement says:
“This underpinning of love in all creation and all of humanity allows us two responses. One is that we live in a world of wonder… A second is that we are invited into ongoing conversion to transform our outlook and actions to be in accord with the loving presence of God at the heart of all reality, to be attentive to the beauty in all things, to recognise Christ in the stranger, and to hear and respond to the cry of the earth.”
“Pope Francis invites us to conversion saying: “many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change” (LS 51). The state of our common home calls us to a “profound interior conversion… whereby the effects of [our] encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in [our] relationship with the world around [us]”(LS 52). It is not just a matter of awareness or changing our minds, but a shift at the level of the heart and will that results in changed action.”
“The call to care for creation goes to the heart of what it means to be human before God and in the world. It requires a profound conversion expressed in new ways of living, both personally and collectively. What seeds of change can we water today?”
The second prayer comes from a prayer card titled A Prayer for Conversion, and goes as follows:
Ever present God,
giver and sustainer of everything that has life,
maker and fulfilment of all that exists,
although we fail to respect your creation,
listen to the prayers of our heart:
We too are creatures.
Turn our hearts to your love and care for all creation.
With you we gave names to all living things.
Turn our minds to your vision of the heavens and the earth.
We live off the bounty of earth, sea and sky.
Turn our hands to your stewardship.
O God come to our aid
O Lord make haste to help us.
Through Christ, in whom all things are made
and held in being,
we pray for the power of your Spirit:
to transform our words and actions,
to care more deeply for all creatures,
to save what is threatened,
to mourn what is lost,
to seek Christ in the cry of the earth
and the cry of the poor,
to give glory to your name through all creation.
During this Season of Creation, I would invite you to download and read the Social Justice Statement, and to download and share the resources and prayers with your family and your community, which can be accessed by clicking down below:
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Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.