SOCIAL JUSTICE

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Social Justice Issues

we are all brothers and sisters  ? 

 

A necessary act for justice in our own back yard

  1.   With ever greater reason to engage in a social revolution to communicate with a political system that presents a contradiction of ethical and just rights of its citizens,  the Missionary Sisters took part in a public demonstration held on January 21st , the day after the presidential  transition to power.   The demonstration organized by two octogenerians  to support the national women’s march took place in northern New Jersey.  Intended for perhaps a group of 50, several hundred were standing strong at the noon hour to silently announce  their message to passer-byes.

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    Sisters Shelia, Eleanor, Kate and Janice joined hundreds of women, children and some men on the Women’s March programmed throughout the country and actually supported by many other nations, in support of the many issues now presenting great concern for the protection of human rights.   Led by women, this march proclaimed as its Equality, ecology, immigration,  racism, employment, freedom of expression (journalism reporting) were only some of the areas focus witnessed by millions of co-marchers and media reporters.

 

Together we pray along with Pope Francis who sent this message  to President Trump

“At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding far-sighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide,” – the Message reads – “Under your leadership, may America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door.”

 

 

 

 

2.  Human Trafficking

 “Therefore, we declare on each and every one of our creeds that modern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution, and organ trafficking, is a crime against humanity…”

                                              read Pope Francis’ reflection

                                               join Sisters efforts

Regional Sisters’ Leadership (LCWR-Region III)  plans to make visible efforts to make aware human trafficking in the USA at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA.  July 25-27, 2016

                             

                                        

2. Ecology

  This year, Pope Francis directs us to honor the 35th year of  Francis of Assisi as the Patron of Ecology.  Why do we honor this Saint who  holds everything in  passionate and sensory love of all creation as God’s handiwork?  Because of St. Francis’ ability to see that all is one. Let us learn to become the same.

         1.  connect with this Franciscan site   or

         2. the Catholic Climate Movement  

         3.  we list a few ideas about how to pray during your 1 hour time slots:

                            http://catholicclimatemovement.global/pray4cop21/resources/ 

          4.  enjoy the beauty of this inspirational  short video on “the world of wonder”

                                       

The Penobscot Tribal Nation in Maine with longstanding  water rights issue                          

 

Prayer requested by Pope Francis for inspiration to take up the commitment to creation set before us by the Gospel:

cited in Laudato Si

 

Prayer for Our Earth

 

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe

and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love,

that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace,that we may live

as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor,

help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth

so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives,

that we may protect the world and not prey on it.

that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction

touch the hearts

of those who look only for gain

at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,

to be filled with awe and contemplation,

to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature

as we journey toward your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.