Creation awaits with eager expectation

produced by the Inter-religious Working Group on Extractive Industries for Easter Sunday & Easter Monday

Jesus is risen! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

As you celebrate the truth and the promise of the Resurrection, we invite you to meditate on the following passage from St. Paul, who proclaims the promise of the resurrection for all of creation. 

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.

We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.

Romans 8: 18 – 25

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The Columban Center and the Inter-religious Working Group on Extractive Industries thanks you for making these reflections and the Lenten Creation Care calendar a part of your Lenten journey. We are grateful for the time you have spent with us over these past six weeks, and look forward to working with you in the future.

Yesterday was only the beginning of Easter. The Church will continue to celebrate the Easter Season until Sunday, May 20th, the Feast of Pentecost. During this time, we encourage you to continue your journey to deepen your relationship with every member of our God-created family.

One activity we recommend is to read Pope Francis’ eco-encyclical, Laudato Si in its entirety. The Lenten calendar featured excerpts from the document, but the entire encyclical is beautiful and inspiring. There are six weeks from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, and there are six chapters in Laudato Si’. You may decide to read one chapter per week.

Another activity we recommend is the “Novena for Protectors of Mother Earth.” Though it was written for Lent 2017, it is still a beautiful opportunity to more deeply incorporate a care for creation into your spiritual life. Earth Day is Sunday, April 22nd this year – you may choose to pray this Novena to prepare for that celebration.

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For each Monday during this past Lent, the Columban Center has featured the weekly reflections written by the Inter-religious Working Group on Extractive Industries for their 2018 Lenten Creation Care Calendar. This calendar is an invitation to grow closer to creation and to stand in solidarity with the vulnerable communities impacted by extractive industries.

The Inter-religious Working Group on Extractive Industries is a Washington, DC based coalition of faith, human rights, and environmental organizations concerned about the negative impacts of extractive industries on creation, which includes both the human and natural world. Columban communities around the world, from the Philippines to Myanmar in Asia to Chile and Peru in the Americas, are impacted by the damaging consequences of extractive industries.