As part of Creighton’s St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day Celebration, Fr. Lannon signed the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor and encouraged attendees to do the same. Below is Lannon’s homily from the Mass and the link the St. Francis Pledge:
Homily for the Feast of St. Francis
October 4, 2013
By signing the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and now the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor, we made our commitment to sustainability very public – putting our lamp where it can shine and be an example to others.
The Catholic Climate Covenant Partnership involves more than 45 Catholic organizations that have publicly affirmed their commitment to Catholic mission-based sustainability by endorsing the St. Francis Pledge. Creighton is proud to join them.
Our first reading asks us to pay attention to our call. What are we being asked to do in light of the St. Francis Pledge?
In the spirit of St. Francis who was bold, a prophet and lived on the edge, we are called to enter the dialogue to shape public policy on climate change.
Our new pope chose the name Francis because of our church’s commitment to the poor and to creation; we need to show solidarity with those affected most by climate change as an institution and as individuals.
At his installation homily, Pope Francis’ said : “The vocation of being a ‘protector’, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone.
”It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us.
”It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live.
“It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about…”
Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.
What can we do?
The St. Francis Pledge to Protect Creation and the Poor provides some answers to that question:
What can we do?
Pray and reflect on the duty to care for God’s creation and protect the poor and vulnerable;
Learn and educate others;
Assess how our own choices contribute to environmental degradation;
Act to change our behaviors;
Advocate for Catholic principles and priorities in environmental and climate change discussions and decisions, especially regarding impact on the poor and vulnerable.
What can you do?
Sign the St. Francis Pledge today.
Join Fr. Lannon and sign the St. Francis Pledge! It’s a quick, easy way to commit to living sustainably and advocating for a more sustainable society. Just fill in your name, email, postal code, and country and you’re set! Here’s the link: http://catholicclimatecovenant.org/the-st-francis-pledge/
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