Novena day five - For the love of fire

Forest fire

Forest fire Photo: Benjamin Lizzardo

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
all praise is yours, all glory, honour and blessings.
We praise you, Lord, for all your creatures.

We praise you, Lord, for Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night.
He is beautiful, playful, robust, and strong

An extract from the Canticle of the Sun by St Francis of Assisi

Praise and penitence

Creator God, we give you thanks for our brother fire, who cooks our food and protects us from the cold. Teach us to respect his power.

Forgive us for the times when we have harmed the beautiful earth you gave us or taken more than our share of the gifts of creation. To burn down forests destroys your wild places, adds carbon to the air and robs ancestral land from your peoples.

Refrain

Guide the Church as she listens to the cry of the Amazon people. Guide us all to respect the fragile balance of nature, in which everything is interconnected.

May we learn from the wisdom of those who live in the heart of nature, custodians of the forests on which we depend.

Lead us as we walk together with our sisters and brothers in their hopes and struggles and fill us with the courage to protect our common home for generations to come.

We ask this through Christ our Lord,

Amen.

St Francis, pray for us.

“The climate in my region of the Amazon has changed so much over the last few years, partly due to the burning and deforestation of the forest. Today the situation is totally out of control.”

Brazilian land rights lawyer José Batista, from the Pastoral Land Commission.

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