1st september (’22): The day for the custody of creation

The day for the custody of creation is an initiative wanted by the Italian Episcopal Conference in harmony with the other European churches which consists of an annual day dedicated to reaffirming the importance, also for faith, of environmentalism with all its ethnic implications and social. The official anniversary is September 1st, but the initiative is left to the individual dioceses to develop local activities throughout the month.

In the Christian context, the development of sensitivity to environmental issues that took place in the second half of the last century was closely intertwined with the themes of justice and peace and the term “safeguarding creation” has been used since the first official documents to indicate this vision. unitary. This awareness has historically grown in the same years in which ecumenical sensitivity was affirmed, and the theme of safeguarding creation was one of the first points of agreement in the difficult path of reconciliation between the various Christian confessions.

The official documents in this regard are innumerable. We recall three historical dates:

In 1983 in Vancouver the assembly of the Ecumenical Council of Churches made an appeal to all the Churches to commit themselves to a “conciliar process of mutual dedication to justice, peace and the protection of creation” .
In 1989 in Basel the 1st European Ecumenical Assembly entitled “Peace in Justice” in which the Conference of European Churches (KEK) and the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) take part has the primary task of expressing the commitment of European Christians for peace, justice and the protection of creation .
The same two bodies (KEK and CCEE) in 2001 in Strasbourg, in the document that defines the guidelines for the growth of collaboration between Christian Churches in Europe (Charta Oecumenica) write: “We recommend the establishment by the European churches of a ecumenical day of prayer for the protection of creation.”
The Orthodox Church played and still plays a leading role on this path. The day is celebrated on September 1, Orthodox New Year, on the proposal made in 1989 by the then patriarch of Constantinople Dimitrios I who in the encyclical addressed to the beginning of the ecclesiastical year, saw all the danger for the deterioration of the environment, but he felt all the responsibility of the Church towards the work of God.


Goodbye August

August is over and summer is probably over …
One of the hottest summers I remember …
August is often a ferocious month, it dominates the summer at its peak and sets in the blink of an eye after mid-August …
When I was a boy, August was always the last month of vacation, the saddest .. while when I was in university August it was already time to get back to studying …

♬ Elton John & Britney Spears – Hold Me Closer


I saw you dancin’ at the ocean
Runnin’ fast along the sand
A spirit born of earth and water
Fire flying from your hands (oh)
Hold me closer, tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today (oh)
Hold me closer
Hold me closer (hold me closer)
Hold me closer
Hold me closer
There are caravans we follow
Drunken nights in dark hotels, baby (yeah)
When chances breathe between the silence
When sex and love no longer gel (oh, yeah)
Hold me closer, tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway (baby)
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today
Hold me closer
Hold me closer (baby, baby)
Hold me closer
Hold me closer (oh, yeah)
Hold me closer
(Hold me closer) me closer, me closer
(Hold me closer) mm, yeah

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #214 – Favorite Finds — Journeys with Johnbo

F. O. Stanley and his view of the Rocky Mountains. This week, Ann-Christine asks us to share your special finds. She writes, “Something found in your grandmother’s closet? Second hand is very popular in the Nordic countries right now. Do you find museums intriguing? Or, maybe like me, you love special, surprising finds in nature?” […]

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #214 – Favorite Finds — Journeys with Johnbo