Yesterday the Catholic Church celebrated the feast of the birth of Mary, our blessed Mother, and three of God’s treasures - Evana, Ameliah and Lauren - assisted Fr Joseph as altar servers at our Year 4 Parish Mass. Mary was a young Jewish girl who trusted in God and faithfully accepted the unknown. She was present at the beginning of Jesus’ human life and at the end. Mary continued to work with the apostles and is often referred to as the first disciple. Being a disciple is not an easy task - Mary is a perfect example of how to live with faith, hope and love in response to God’s Word and we are all called to follow her path.
Season of Creation
In 2015 Pope Francis established a time in the church called the Season of Creation, a liturgical season dedicated to prayer, reflection, and celebration of God as Creator. The Season of Creation begins on 1st September and runs through to the feast of St Francis of Assisi on 4th October, encouraging us to consider the effects of our actions which are depleting and wasting global natural resources and exceeding Earth’s regenerative capacity. A UN report released in June warned that the planet is “rapidly reaching a ‘point of no return' and facing the triple threats of “biodiversity loss, climate disruption, and escalating pollution.” So how can we keep on disregarding the obvious?
In Pope Francis’ video for the month of September he encourages everyone to question the way we live, and to turn “towards lifestyles that are simpler and more respectful of the environment.” https://catholicoutlook.org/popes-september-prayer-intention-an-environmentally-sustainable-lifestyle/
Let’s ask ourselves… what actions can we take to reaffirm our roles as Stewards of Creation? Are we prepared to commit to making one small positive change in our daily lives to counteract a “throwaway culture” such as recycling, using reusable mugs and shopping bags, and packing nude food in school lunch boxes? Each one of us has a responsibility to act ethically towards a sustainable and flourishing world.
…God of love, show us our place in this world as channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth…
Stef Turcinovic (APRIM)