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The Season of Creation: Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor

September 7, 2021

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.

Across the Season of Creation, we at the Diocesan Liturgy Office will share a number of beautiful prayers that have been created and shared by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) Office for Justice, Peace, and Ecology, with the release of the ACBC 2021-22 Social Justice Statement: Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor. 

The first prayer comes from a prayer card titled Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, and goes as follows:

Lord, when we listen with your ears we hear:
the bush grown more silent,
the birdsong less vibrant,
the stream’s sluggish ripple.
Have mercy and open our ears.

Lord, when we look with your eyes we see:
the soil depleted,
the sky smudged,
the oceans rubbished and the great currents slowed.
Have mercy and help us to see.

Lord, when we look with your eyes we see:
the workers who struggle to get by,
the women subjected to violence,
the people who are excluded.
Have mercy and help us to see.

Lord, when we listen with your ears we hear:
the sound of hungry children,
the distress of the mentally ill,
the silent pain of homeless women and men.
Have mercy and open our ears.

DOWNLOAD THE PRAYER CARD

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:

READ THE SOCIAL JUSTICE STATEMENTLEARN MORE & DOWNLOAD RESOURCES

I also encourage you to learn more about the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, a great initiative the Vatican launched this year.

I look forward to writing to you next week to share another prayer from the ACBC for this Season of Creation.

Blessings,

Sr Monica Barlow RSJ
Sacramental and Liturgy Consultant

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