September 1 marks the first day of the Season of Creation, a time in which Christians around the world join in prayer and action for our common home. The Season of Creation begins on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology.
This year’s symbol for the Season of Creation is the burning bush, a poignant image that evokes recent devastating consequences of climate change: burning forests, heat waves, record droughts, fleeing animals and migrants throughout the globe.
But Scripture teaches us that the burning bush on Mount Horeb was not consumed. Rather, it revealed to Moses the presence of God. Likewise, the season of creation invites us to see the divine presence in all of creation. It invites us to listen deeply to the cries of the earth and the cries of the people who suffer from this massive climate crisis. It invites us to act, with new urgency, to save our common home.
Here are ways you can celebrate the Season of Creation.
Pray: Download the Season of Creation Guide from an ecumenical group of partners committed to pray, collaborate and mobilize to care for our common home.
Study: Learn about the historic climate bill — the Inflation Reduction Act — that commits $369 billion to decarbonize and strengthen our economy while protecting communities directly affected by climate change.
Act: Send a message to your U.S. Senator, using the Catholic Climate Covenant’s website. Let them know how you feel about the historic climate bill and their vote.