Praying to Create a Climate of Change!

Development and Peace is pleased to announce the winner of its Create a Climate of Change Prayer Contest!

Marie-Paule Malenfant from Trois-Rivières, Quebec, submitted the winning prayer, which was selected by a committee that consisted of Michel Côté and Sylvia Skrepichuk, editors of the prayer anthology We Dare to Say.

The prayer contest was launched in June to find the prayer that would be featured on the prayer card for Development and Peace’s upcoming Create a Climate of Change campaign.

“First and foremost, I am the daughter of a farmer, and nature speaks to me. The women and men who bring in the harvest interest me as much as the anticipated harvest,” said Marie-Paule of her inspiration for the prayer she wrote.

Development and Peace’s Create a Climate of Change campaign will be launched at the end of August to bring awareness on the issue of climate change and its devastating impacts on the poor of the Global South. Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si has mobilized Catholics and all people of good faith around the world to take action on this urgent crisis, and Development and Peace is calling on Canadians to do their part.

In addition to having her prayer featured on the campaign prayer card and distributed across Canada, Marie-Paule will be part of the Development and Peace delegation that will be joining the Catholic pilgrimage to Paris for the United Nations’ Conference on Climate Change (COP21).  The delegation will be participating in multiple mobilization activities organized to call on world leaders to agree to an ambitious and binding agreement on climate change.

“I am looking forward to experiencing the solidarity that will spring forth from this mobilization and living the wonder of the charisma and missions of the other participants. And the joy of hoping together for a greater respect for the environment,” said Marie-Paule, who is a long-term member of Development and Peace and of the Secular Institute of the Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate.

Here is her winning prayer:


Lord, in the joy of your Creation,
The whole human family has received
this unique gift from you:
our planet Earth.

We sincerely thank you, Lord!

Lord, look on our EARTH and
help us to recognize that it is urgent that we act…
…for we are destroying our forests,
devastating our soil,
and polluting our seas.

When we do this,
we cause changes to our climate,
and create environmental turmoil
that increase poverty in the countries of the South.

We sincerely ask for forgiveness, Lord.

Yes, it is time to act…
to guide our planet
in its development
and in its peace.