ATTENTION: All Parish Priests. Parochial Vicars, Shrine Rectors, Parish
Administrators and Parish CLPR, JPIC and GGPAA Coordinators
SUBJECT: Prayers and Reflection Materials for “Save Sierra Madre Day” Pledge/Commitment to Care for our Common Home
Dear Monsignori, Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Greetings of peace!
September 26, 2016, marks the seventh year of the great devastation of lives and properties brought about by continuous heavy rains caused by typhoon ONDOY. This resulted to unprecedented flooding, greatly attributed to the continuous deforestation, degradation and destruction of the Sierra Madre Mountains. As we take this time to pray for all those who perished in that great tragedy, we must also come to a deeper realization of our responsibility to take care of our common home, a universal call made by Pope Francis in his encyclical “Laudato Si: Care for our Common Home.” In line with this, and in remembrance and celebration of “Save Sierra Madre Day” we are attaching some prayers and reflection materials which you could use on Monday, September 26, or, if you want greater participation of the faithful, even on Sunday, September 25, before or after the Celebration of the Holy Mass.
Furthermore, while His Excellency, Most Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, D.D., launched at Baclaran Church last September 3, 2016, our Diocesan Celebration of the Season of Creation, we wish to remind everyone that this Season of Creation will last until October 4, 2016, on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, acclaimed by the Church as the Patron of Ecology. On that day, October 4, we invite everyone to make the “PAGPAPAHAYAG NG PAGIGING KAISA NG BUONG SANGKALIKASAN” and pray the “Christian Prayer in Union with Creation,” authored by Pope Francis. Let us be reminded of the words of Pope Francis, when he instituted the celebration of the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” every September 1 of every year:
“As Christians we wish to contribute to resolving the ecological crisis which humanity is presently experiencing. In doing so, we must first rediscover in our own rich spiritual patrimony the deepest motivations for our concern for the care of creation. We need always to keep in mind that, for believers in Jesus Christ, the Word of God who became man for our sake, “the life of the spirit is not dissociated from the body or from nature or from worldly realities, but lived in and with them, in communion with all that surrounds us” (Laudato Si’, 216). The ecological crisis thus summons us to a profound spiritual conversion: Christians are called to “an ecological conversion whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them” (ibid., 217). For “living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience” (ibid.).
Together let us make our commitment to Care for our Common Home, as I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
MSGR. MELCHOR D. DAVID
Coordinator – GGPAA
Good Governance, Public Affairs and Advocacy
REV. FR. CARMELO O. ESTORES