The Archdiocese of Manila opened the 9th Season of Creation with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula at the Manila Cathedral on September 1, 2021, at 10:30 in the morning.
Delivering his homily during the online Mass, Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to become more appreciative by thanking the Lord each day for the gift of creation.
“Let me, therefore, invite you that beginning today until October 4, let us thank God each day for the gift of creation. Every day, choose one gift to thank God for,” he said.
“Today, for example, I thank God for the gift of the sun. Tomorrow, I will thank God for the gift of air. One gift to thank God each day. This way, we will become more appreciative of the gift of creation,” he added.
This year’s observance of the Season of Creation is within the celebration of the centenary of Christianity in the Philippines. The theme of the Jubilee Year, the Cardinal said summarizes the invitation of the Season of Creation to receive the gift of creation and become responsible stewards and share it with others as a gift.
“When we do not recognize the gifts that we receive, we fail to become responsible stewards, and once we fail to be responsible stewards and start acting as if they were our possessions, we will never share them with others as gifts. We may even use the gifts to take advantage of others,” he said.
The Archbishop of Manila also challenges the faithful to “make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, in connection with Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of September.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “A Home for All, Renewing the Oikos” or the House of God.
Meanwhile, all the parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila will celebrate the Season of Creation from September 1, 2021 to October 4, 2021, Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, “whose life manifested pure love for all of God’s creation.”
His Holiness Pope Francis proclaimed September 1, 2015, as the World Day of Prayer for Creation. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | File Photo – Rian Francis Salamat/RCAM-AOC)