St. Francis Pledge: Commitment to Creation and the Poor

by Sister Julie Ann on April 20, 2009

smjphotoearth.jpgA Catholic Climate Covenant and the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor is a unique and unprecedented initiative being launched on Earth Day, April 22, 2009. At the center of the Covenant is The St. Francis Pledge calling Catholic individuals, groups and institutions to make a serious commitment to all of the following:

PRAY and reflect on the duty to care for God’s creation and for the poor and vulnerable;

LEARN about and educate others on the moral dimensions of climate change;

ASSESS our participation-as individuals and organizations-in contributing to climate change (i.e. consumption and conservation);

ACT to change our choices and behaviors contributing to climate change and;

ADVOCATE Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact the poor and vulnerable.Catholic community is to respond, in faith, to climate change. It will also be a demonstration of a common Catholic commitment to care for God’s creation and to stand with the poor and vulnerable people in our nation and around the world who face the impacts of a changing climate.

0539.jpgThe Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity join you in praying, learning, acting, assessing and advocating for God’s creation and the poor. The Green Bay Diocese is also offering a packet of promotion materials.

We invite you to share experiences that fostered your own reverence for creation.

4 thoughts on “St. Francis Pledge: Commitment to Creation and the Poor”

  1. As I look forward to spending some time in one of our flower gardens I pray:

    Giver of Life,
    we thank you for this day!
    For the earth that brings forth food to nourish our bodies;
    beautiful flowers for our souls.
    Help us to be a good steward
    of your creation
    .

  2. It was recently brought to my attention that one of our Sisters, Sister Josita Belger, OSF, wrote a book entitled ‘Sing a Song of Holy Things’ for children in 1945. Consciousness of St. Francis reverenece for all of creation was current at that time as well. This poem for little ones on St. Francis seems noteworthy here:

    Francis loved the birds, the bees,
    And all God’s wonder-land.
    He called the beasts his brothers,
    And fed them from his hand.
    He sang a song to Sister Moon,
    And one to Brother Sun,
    For all were God’s fair creatures,
    And to him a load of fun.

    He liked to see the pretty flowers
    Come out in early spring,
    And all the tall green shade trees
    Would cause his heart to sing.
    But best of all he loved his God.
    He loved his Savior most,
    His God upon the altar,
    His God within the Host.

  3. Callie Beth says:

    Sister Julie Ann- What a beautiful poem. I just did a project on ECOfeminism. And St. Francis had a beautiful quote that I used. Is the book at the Motherhouse?? I would love to read it on the next retreat. May we try to all emulate St. Francis. I love how Francis embodies God’s beauty of the Earth with the Eucharist, AMEN.

    And Sister Mary Ann what a beautiful prayer, amongst the flowers I bet you had a lovely time with Christ and found great peace both physically with your eyes and internally with the Holy Spirit. God Bless.

  4. Callie, I do have an archival copy of the book. St. Francis is timely for every age–because he tried so hard to be like Jesus. May you continue to ‘wake up’ to His many surprises.

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