The Season of Creation

 

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation is marked evert year on 1 September. The day also marks the beginning of the Season of Creation which runs from 1st September to 4th October – the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. It is celebrated by Christian churches across the globe. Sr. Kathleen Keohane shares some thoughts on the upcoming Season of Creation.

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 A spiders web. Image courtesy of www.scienceblogs.com.

 

“Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the important events of their lives.”

This quote by the late Fr. Thomas Berry, CP resonates greatly with me, especially given the time of year and with many returning to the classroom. Maybe there are small, practical things we all can do during the Season of Creation such as observing a spider’s web, seeing a ladybird on a leaf, going for walks or listening to a river flowing.

There are pilgrim paths dotted across the island of Ireland, similar to the Camino in Spain. There has been quite a bit of coverage about the pilgrim paths during Heritage Week which concludes tomorrow (August 26th). Walks such as these help us to connect to ourselves, to others and to our surroundings. Even try walking barefoot in the back garden on the grass. How does it feel?

These little things might help us to feel more in tune with and a part of nature.

I will conclude with another quote from Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB which poses a question and a challenge to us all!

“The romantic poets of earlier ages wrote a great deal about ‘nature’. We on the other hand hardly think of it. As a result, teachers tell us school children in our cities no longer know where potatoes come from.”


Links:

  • Click here for more on the pilgrims paths.
  • Click here to visit the OLA Care of the Earth webpage.
  • Click here for more on the Season of Creation.