81 days for Peace, Justice, and the Environment

Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House is conducting a wonderful novena starting today: 81 days of intercessory prayer, reflection, and action for justice, peace, and creation.

I am a long-lapsed Catholic, and haven’t prayed a novena for decades, but this is a novena I am compelled to do, and I will be working it in with my daily prayer and meditation.

I really like how each novena is dedicated to inspirational social activist leaders and saints: the first being Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. I also love how there is an ecological “Caring for Creation Action Step” for each 9 day set: the first one is to pick up trash in a public place:

..often we think only of our selfishness and do not take the time or the care to do the right thing by Creation and reduce our impact on the planet by recycling. Examine your conscience! Do you sin against God’s Creation by your casual attitude towards waste?

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