SEASON OF CREATION 2020, is an annual ecumenical event held from 1 September to 4 October, and is meant to be a time of prayer and action in favour of our ‘common home’. This year’s focus is to consider the integral relationship between rest for the Earth and ecological,economic, social and political ways of living. The theme of Season of Creation 2020 is – Jubilee for the Earth.
Inaugurating the Season of Creation last year, Pope Francis said: “This is the season for letting our prayer be inspired anew by closeness to nature, which spontaneously leads us to give thanks to God the Creator. It is also a season to reflect on our lifestyles, and how our daily decisions about food, consumption, transportation, use of water, energy and many other material goods, can often be thoughtless and harmful. Too many of us act like tyrants with regard to creation. Let us make an effort to change and to adopt more simple and respectful lifestyles. This too is a season for undertaking prophetic actions. Many young people all over the world are making their voices heard and calling for courageous decisions. They feel let down by too many unfulfilled promises, by commitments made and then ignored for selfish interests or out of expediency. The young remind us that the earth is not a possession to be squandered, but an inheritance to be handed down. They remind us that hope for tomorrow is not a noble sentiment, but a task calling for concrete actions here and now. We owe them real answers, not empty words, actions not illusions.”
We offer you the following suggestions, which we as a global Salesian Family green network could implement during the Season of Creation 2020.
(1st – 5th September)
Enjoying Creation by spending time outdoors, organizing a nature hike, getting to know your local biodiversity, visiting sites of natural beauty, walking or biking in the countryside, etc.
6th – 12th September
Enhancing Creation by organizing tree plantation drives, restoring depleted gardens, or developing new gardens in your campuses/neighbourhoods.
13th – 19th September
Respecting Creation by organizing clean up events in the neighbourhood (if possible),culminating on World Clean Up Day on 19 September 2020.
No Plastic Day: A large part of respecting creation is to avoid using things that actively harm it. Plastic is a huge environmental problem and one way to take care of the planet is to celebrate a no plastic day.
Climate reads: Knowledge is power and it is important to be aware of the burgeoning climate problem, and the simplest way to do that is to engage with the literature surrounding the issue. There are a great number of books out there that talk about the current climate crisis. You can read about a list of books by visiting our blog post clicking here.
Learn to love all nature: Biodiversity is all-encompassing, from the smallest microscopic plants and animals to the giant ones that surround us. All these living creatures are in a delicate balance with one another, and we have to learn how to love every living creature that forms a part of this balance.
Join a cleanup: September 19th is global World Cleanup Day. Organize your own cleanup, or join the local cleanup crew and spend the day cleaning up your local surroundings, parks, gardens, ponds, lakes or the beach. You can find out more about World Cleanup Day by clicking here. Additionally you can also participate in the Keep It Clean campaign by clicking here.
20th – 26th September
Protecting Creation by organizing an online campaign/webinar to highlight local threatsto nature. We recall the words of Pope Benedict XVI – “If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation” – as we celebrate International Day of Peace on 21 September.
27th – 04th October
Celebrating Creation by organizing local activities or online events, especially on 4 October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi, which culminate in making personal commitments to live eco-friendly lives, inspired by the Rethink, Reconnect, Renew campaign of Don Bosco Green Alliance.
Organize a virtual discussion via a webinar or meeting: Since we are all social distancing, an online discussion is the best way to connect with people all over the world and celebrate creation with them & Exchange your experiences over the past few weeks.
Laudato Si Global Prayer Service: Participate in the Laudato Si global Prayer service to be held on 2nd October 2020.
BOOKLET ON STATIONS OF CREATION
Written by Fr. Gilbert Choondal, SDB, Way of Beauty or Stations of Creation is a way of walking with the entire Word of God. We have traditional way of the cross (Via Crucis) from His passion to Death and Way of the Light (Via Lucis) from Resurrection to Pentecost. These Stations take one from the beginning of Creation to Final Coming of Our Lord with a focus on our Common Home, our Garden Planet. These 14 Stations take us to experience the agonies and ecstasies of our common home.
It was released on the day of the Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Presently, Fr. Gilbert Choondal is the director of Nitika Don Bosco Catechetical Centre.