Let Justice and Peace Flow: Season of Creation 2023

Christina Leano
Laudato Si' Movement

Dear Jerome,

We are very happy to announce that today we are launching the 2023 Season of Creation. We would like to invite you, once again, to join with your community in this ecumenical Season of Creation that begins with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1st and culminates on October 4th, celebrating the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

We begin the "Preparation" of the Season of Creation in March to reach out to local leaders and call our communities to actively participate by raising awareness on the theme, and on how to respond to the cry of creation wherever the Lord calls us in our respective contexts. This stage of "Preparation" is key to creating bonds and relationships as the People of God caring for our common home.

This year the theme that will guide our path is "Let justice and peace flow", guided by the prophet Amos who cries out, "But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!" (5: 24). We want to take up climate and ecological justice, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate injustice and biodiversity loss.

"A mighty river" is the symbol chosen to go with this theme, representing biodiversity at risk. The urgency grows and we must make visible peace with Earth and on Earth, at the same time that justice calls us to repentance and a change of attitude and actions. When we join the river of justice and peace together with others, it creates hope instead of despair.

Visit the 2023 website: https://seasonofcreation.org/

As God's people, we must work together on behalf of all Creation, as part of that mighty river of peace and justice. Will you join us?

Christina Leano
Associate Director
Laudato Si' Movement

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