NASSA outs ‘Prayer for Ecological Justice’

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MANILA, Sept. 17, 2015 – The National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released recently a prayer for ecological justice to support mining-affected communities and ecological initiatives.

Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona (Photo: CBCP News)

The prayer was prepared to mark the season of Creation from Sept. 1 to Oct. 4 celebrated by environmental and human rights groups supporting the advocacy of the CBCP-NASSA. These groups were also involved in the recent National Conference on “Human Rights, Climate Change and Integrity of Creation.”

The prayer is as follows:

O God of All Creation
See the pile of filth
That has transformed the Earth.
Where once there was green
Now there is only greed and waste. Driven by consumerism and technology All for the glory of profit and mammon.

O, God of All Creation
The once verdant valleys and majestic mountains
Have been turned to circles of death and destruction.
The extraction of minerals – gold, copper and nickel
have divided your communities.
Profit is extolled as virtue for development.

O, God of All Creation
The seas are rising
Our forests undeniably shrinking Weather patterns changing

All because power and dominion has consumed us.
O, God of All Creation
We ask for your forgiveness That we may once again tread the path of grace and salvation.
We ask for your intercession.
That we may change our lifestyle and lead us to the way
Of ecological conversion and justice.

O, God of All Creation
Make our leaders hear and listen
To the cries of the poor
To the groaning of the earth.
The time to change is now.

We must veer away from the path of destruction.
We must end the dominion and pillage of creation.
That we may yet redeem ourselves
As stewards of all who inhabit this earth.

O God of All Creation
Listen to our pleas, hear our cries. End the regime of development aggression
Which can only lead us to damnation.

O God of All Creation
We beseech you
Lead us once more to care and nurture To look at your work with awe and wonder
This we ask in Jesus name.
The Prayer for Ecological Justice is largely influenced by the encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si as well as by the realities faced by local communities, particularly the negative impact of development aggression on the environment and people.

The CBCP-NASSA has requested the public to support their upcoming activities exposing the effects of mining and other related issues from Sept. 14 to 25. These events include:

  •     National Gathering of Women (on Climate Justice) – Sept. 14, 2015 (Mon)
  • Food, Land and Water Conference – Sept. 15-16 (Tue-Wed)
  • National Conference on Water – Sept. 17 (Thurs)
  • Anti-Mining Solidarity (in Manila and in various anti-mining communities or Sites of Struggles) – Sept. 14-17 (Mon-Thurs)
  • Philippine Movement for Climate Justice Congress – Sept. 22-23 (Tue-Wed)
  • National Peoples Energy Conference – Sept. 24-25 (Thurs-Fri)

National Director of CBCP-NASSA, Archbishop Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OCD, DD encouraged the Diocesan Social Action Centers (DSACs), ministries, and other faith-based organizations to participate in local events and to organize parallel activities, such as prayer vigils, candle-lighting, Eucharistic Celebrations, discussions and local mobilizations, among others. (Yen Ocampo / CBCPNews)

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