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Title: Protectors of our fragile world


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  • Protectors of our fragile world
  • A reflection on St Francis of Assisi

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  • God saw all that he had made, and it was very
    good. Genesis 131

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  • Creation is a wonderful gift that God has
    given us so that we care for it and we use it for
    the benefit of all, always with great respect and
    gratitude. Pope Francis

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  • God saw all that he had made, and it was very
    good. (Genesis 131)

We praise you, Lord, for all your
creatures, especially for Brother Sun, who is the
day through whom you give us light.
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We praise you, Lord, for Sister Water, so
useful, humble, precious and pure.
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We praise you, Lord, for our neighbours, for
those who reach out to us in the most difficult
times. Adapted from the Canticle of the Sun, St
Francis of Assisi
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  • How countless are your works, Lord, all of them
    made so wisely! The earth is full of your
    creatures Psalm 10424

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  • Rain down, you heavens from above, and let the
    clouds pour down saving justice... I, the Lord,
    have created it! Isaiah 458-9

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  • God has given us an abundant world to tend and
    share.
  • Yet all over the world we can see how we have
    failed to protect our planet.

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  • 90 of people who die in natural disasters
    live in the poorest countries.

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There are other weak and defenceless beings who
are frequently at the mercy of economic interests
and indiscriminate exploitation. I am speaking
of creation as a whole. Pope Francis
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  • Climate change is the biggest threat to
    reducing poverty today.

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  • The climate has changed. During the worst
    drought, most nights we went to bed without
    eating anything.
  • Sinteyo Legei, mother of five, Diocese of
    Isiolo, Kenya

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  • In the spirit of St Francis of Assisi, we
    stand alongside our neighbours and the whole of
    creation.

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Francis, repair my church.
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  • Which of these, do you think, was a neighbour
    to the man who fell into the hands of the
    robbers?
  • Jesus said to him, Go and do the same
    yourself.
  • Luke 1036-7

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The changing climate means people need to work
together. Its important to support each other
and be a neighbour. Sinteyo Legei
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Toward little worms St Francis glowed with
great love... he picked them up from the road and
placed them in a safe place, lest they be crushed
by the feet of the passerby. Thomas of Celano
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I want us to be a church that is poor and for
the poor Pope Francis, March 2013
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  • We human beings are not only the beneficiaries
    but also the stewards of other creatures. Pope
    Francis

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  • Small yet strong in the love of God, like
    Saint Francis of Assisi, all of us, as
    Christians, are called to watch over and protect
    the fragile world in which we live, and all its
    peoples. Pope Francis

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Creator God, Awaken us to see how every tree and
every petal is precious in your sight. In our
hands, you place your trust to care for creation.
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Through brother sun, your light guides us.
Through brother wind, your whisper stirs us,
Through our neighbour, you set our hearts on
fire.
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  • May we turn to love you more deeply,
  • And live as true neighbour to all.
  • Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
  • Saint Francis, pray for us.

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cafod.org.uk Illustration St Francis of Assisi
by Simon David Photos Ataklti Mulu/CAFOD,
Dominic Nahr/CAFOD, Annie Bungeroth/CAFOD,
Ataklti Mulu/CAFOD, Barbara Davies/CAFOD, Nick
Harrop/CAFOD, Mazur/Catholicnews.org.uk, Simon
Rawles/CAFOD, Ryan Worms/Caritas Internationalis,
Pilar Olivares Novoa/CAFOD, Stuart Matthews/CAFOD
Prayer Rachel McCarthy/CAFOD
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