Season of Creation Ends: Our Commitment Continues
Our Chapter Statement commits us to respond to the "cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor" (Laudato Si' #49)
Today, 4 October, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, marks the conclusion of the Season of Creation.. Francis is honoured by the Catholic Church as the Patron Saint of animals and ecology and so his feast day is chosen as the end date of this time of particular focus on all creation and our "common home" (Earth).
We, Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation, have committed ourselves in our Chapter Statement to "to enjoy and celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty and her many species...to honour our duty to love and care for her and add to her well-being wherever possible".
We have resolved "to live simply, in a way that takes into account the fragility of Mother Earth" and to "protect the rights of the natural world and make practical efforts to stem the hurtful effects of climate change, pollution and the ‘throw away’ mentality."
In these ways we have determined to respond to 'the cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor' (Laudato Si' #49)