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The Season of Creation, 1st September – 4th October

Turning Aside to See

We gather now, eyes open to wonder.
As Moses turned aside to see
The bush ablaze with eternal Presence,
So here in the holy ground of (name your area)
Do we turn aside to see the world
Changed with the grandeur and the glory
Of the Mystery of the Holy One.
We turn aside to see
the beauty of each other,
the goodness of this life, and the truth of sacred wisdom that knows:
Earth to be holy;
all creatures to be kin;
the Universe to be One;
and Spirit to be a flaring presence
for all who turn aside to see.

Thursday 1st September is World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and also marks the start of the Season of Creation which will run until 4th October (Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi). The Season of Creation celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment. The theme for the Season of Creation 2022 is ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’.

“I have heard their cry…I know their sufferings…Come, now! I will send you…I will be with you”
(Ex 3: 1-12).

The burning bush is the Symbol for the Season of Creation 2022. Today, the prevalence of unnatural fires are a sign of the devastating effects that climate change has on the most vulnerable of our planet. Creation cries out as forests crackle, animals flee, and people are forced to migrate due to the fires of injustice.

For practical tips and resources, take a look at the Season of Creation brochure, produced by the Catholic Bishops office in collaboration with Trócaire. The brochure can be downloaded at the following link:
You can also read more on practical actions that you and your family can do together here. 

We will continue to bring you updates and ways to engage in the Season of Creation over the coming weeks. In the meantime, you might like to take a look at some of the resources that are available from the Bookshop here at Knock Shrine.