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Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention For September 2021

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.

For September, Pope Francis invites us to make a courageous choice of living a simple and  environmentally sustainable lifestyle. With that, he  calls on us to commit to this choice, much like the youth  who are not just advocates but are actively living this lifestyle.  

“The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an  immense pile of filth,” Pope Francis said in his encyclical, Laudato si’.  “Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also  capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and  making a new start.” 

As the world battles the horrific damage on the planet’s ecology, may our  prayers help one another to care for the Earth as God intended us to.  With global climate change at the forefront of our consciousness, may  we recognize that God brought us out of nature and gifted us with reason  and consciousness in order to be stewards, not masters, of His creation. 

A Prayer for Our Environment 

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.  

Amen.  

Prayer from Pope Francis’ Laudato si’

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