CWN - Pope Francis announced on August 30, at his regular weekly public audience, that he would be joining with Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in a statement for the annual Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

The annual observance will take place on September 1. The Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople has observed the day since 1989. Pope Francis joined in 2015, celebrating a Liturgy of the Word in the Vatican basilica for the first annual observance.

In this year’s joint message, the Pope told his audience, “we invite all to assume a respectful and responsible attitude toward Creation.” He added that the statement would appeal to the world’s wealthy and powerful people “to listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor, who suffer most from ecological imbalances.”

Teachings of Christ

“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Matthew 6:33 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Random Proverb

"My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live." (Proverbs 7:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

When the holy Abba Anthony lived in the desert he was beset by boredom, and attacked by many sinful thoughts. He said to God, 'Lord, I want to be saved but these thoughts do not leave me alone; what shall I do in my affliction? How can I be saved?'

A short while afterwards, when he got up to go out, Anthony saw a man like himself sitting at his work, getting up from his work to pray, then sitting down and plaiting a rope, then getting up again to pray. It was an angel of the Lord sent to correct and reassure him: 'Do this and you will be saved.' At these words, Anthony was filled with joy and courage. He did this, and he was saved.

The Desert Fathers