As the 2018 liturgical Season of Creation ends, we all must carry forward the inspiration, growth in spiritual energies and global collaboration that the season has nurtured in a renewed commitment.
The World Day of Prayer for Creation, celebrated Sept. 1 by Christians around the world, once again marked the opening of the annual ecumenical liturgical season that continues until the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4.
On Aug. 1, the planet reached Earth Overshoot Day — the point when people have exhausted the year's worth of renewable resouces — at the earliest point since measurements began in 1987.
Christian churches around the world celebrate Pentecost, the feast of the gift of the Holy Spirit, as the launch of the Christian mission. I am afraid, however, that through the centuries, Christian churches have too often softened and domesticated our understanding of the Spirit. A lovely, tame Spirit we too often imagine Her to be, the gentle Dove of Peace.