Praying with the Pope in September

Published on 01 Sep 2019
A coral reef.

The Protection of the Oceans

That politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world's seas and oceans.

Pope Francis, September 2019

Read the reflection


Father of kindness,

you created the world for us

and entrust your children with the stewardship of creation.

We ask your forgiveness

for not knowing how to take care of the beauty that has been entrusted to us

and using selfishly and unreflectively

the resources we possess.

We apologize for our lack of sensitivity and love

to nature and to your sons and daughters

who suffer the consequences of our bad choices.

Give us light to make decisions for the defense of the oceans,

doing everything in our power to make the Earth

the place of beauty that you dreamed for us.

Our Father…

Proposals for the Month

  • Learn through social networks and other publications on the Internet, about the impact and the extent of the pollution of the oceans and its consequences for the future of the planet. Take note of the good practices that can be adopted in homes, schools and workplaces to collaborate in their protection.
  • At home, try to make more thoughtful decisions about the things you buy, especially in regard to the amount of plastic, polluting materials and waste that are created. Opt for the ecological rule of: Reduce; Re-Use; Recycle.
  • In your community, read, reflect and share the encyclical Laudato Si, of Pope Francis, making known its guidelines in liturgical celebrations, in catechesis, in prayer and formation groups. Focusing on how institutions can help raise awareness about good ecological practices, separation of garbage, waste reduction, use of recyclable materials, and speaking about it in liturgical celebrations, in catechesis, in prayer and formation groups.