Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for the Month of September 2019
Universal – Politicians, Scientists and Economists
That politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.
LPhotos from the space station show planet earth as a beautiful blue marble with two-thirds of it covered by water. But here on earth, it is not so beautiful. We hear stories and see pictures of destruction. Ocean plastics kill millions of marine animals each year. Whales die with stomachs filled with plastic refuse. Coral reefs that sustain fisheries and tourism are disappearing. Every year 300 million tons of metals, sludge, and solvents are dumped into the world’s waters. One-third of fish species are threatened with extinction.
Good and gracious God, you created the Earth and all that is in it. We thank you for the abundant blessing of water and its availability in our lives.
We pray for the oceans, air, mountains, plants, and soil, that life and health may pulse in them. Help us to discern how we have polluted our oceans. Empower us to empathize with the groaning of creation. Guide us to have a change of heart so that we stop harming our planet. Pour out your Holy Spirit on us that we may have the passion and wisdom to work effectively to protect and restore your creation.
Bless the Earth and all its life in every way. Bless us and teach us to care for the oceans and all our waterways. And so, with St. Francis of Assisi we pray for Sister Water.
We praise and thank You, Lord, for the gift of living water.
Guide us to use it wisely, to learn from its humility,
To consume it sparingly, and to protect its purity,