The Diocesan Ecological and Sustainability Group invites all people of the Diocese to celebrate World Environment Day today, Monday, June 5 2017. The theme for World Environment Day 2017 is Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator.
The following is Pope Francis’ prayer from Laudato Si’ (A prayer for our earth).
A prayer for our earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
Further information on global actions can be found at: worldenvironmentday.global/