Message of Pope Francis for Creation Day 2023

Sisters of Providence of Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods
August 15, 2023

Dear brothers and sisters!

Let Justice and Peace Flow” is the theme of this year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-falling stream.” (5:24)

The evocative image used by Amos speaks to us of what God desires. God wants justice to reign; it is as essential to our life as God’s children made in his likeness as water is essential for our physical survival. This justice must flow forth wherever it is needed, neither remaining hidden deep beneath the ground nor vanishing like water that evaporates before it can bring sustenance. God wants everyone to strive to be just in every situation, to live according to laws and thus to enable life to flourish. When we “seek first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, humanity and nature, then justice and peace can flow like a never-failing stream of pure water, nourishing humanity and all creatures.

Read the full message here.