Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for the Month of
September 2020

 


Universal prayer intention Respect for the Planet’s Resources

We pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.


September Pope Video
Respect for the Planet’s Resources

“We need to grow in the conviction that a decrease in the pace of production and consumption can at times give rise to another form of progress and development.”

Pope Francis explains to us that it is impossible for the most developed countries to maintain their current level of consumption at the cost of exploiting the natural resources of the rest of the planet. We have to abandon the throw-away culture and end the commercial imbalances that have so many negative consequences for the environment.

“We are squeezing out the planet’s goods. Squeezing them out, as if the earth were an orange. Countries and businesses from the global north have enriched themselves by exploiting the natural resources of the south, creating an “ecological debt.”

Who is going to pay this debt? In addition, this “ecological debt” is increased when multinationals do abroad what they would never be allowed to do in their own countries.

It’s scandalous. Today, not tomorrow; today, we have to take care of Creation responsibly.

Let us pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner. No to plundering; yes to sharing.”


September Reflection
Respect for the Planet’s Resources

Guest Author

In the beginning, God created the earth and everything within it and upon it, bearing us in mind all the while: this world was made for us. When He created Adam and Eve in His image and likeness He said to them “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over…all the living creatures…”. This word “subdue” is a strong one; our instinct is to see it in terms of crushing some manner of resistance. Some see this as God telling Adam to conquer the wilderness outside of Eden, that mankind has a blank check to use the Earth as it sees fit. But this is not so: notice what God does in the beginning.

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Prayer of the Month – September 2020

Guest Author

(Based on the First Principal and Foundation of the Spiritual Exercises)

Father,

You created us to praise, reverence, and serve You as our God and Lord, and by doing this we receive the gift of salvation. All other things on the earth are created for me, to help me to pursue this purpose of my creation. Help me to use Your creation insofar as it helps me to praise, reverence, and serve You, and free me of any created thing that hinders me.

Grant me the grace of indifference toward all created things, that I might seek only what is best for my soul and my created purpose, and that of my neighbor.

Let me prefer not health to sickness, wealth to poverty, honor to dishonor, a long life to a short one, nor any one created thing over another, save for what aids me most in loving You in this life, that I might love you eternally in the life You promise to those who praise, reverence, and serve you after the example of Your Son, through Whom and for Whom you created all things. Amen.

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