As daughters of Saint Julie Billiart, marked in Baptism to follow Jesus and participate in His liberating mission, we choose to stand with people made poor in a world increasingly divided. We see the value of human life diminished, the destruction of our earth and intolerance towards people perceived to be different, poor or abandoned. Rooted in the prophetic witness of Saint Julie, we are called and seek to be women of justice and peace in the midst of the inequality and violence of our world. We see ourselves as part of a global community seeking to transform unjust structures and systems, participating in new ways of relating which enable all of creation to experience God's goodness. This moment in history calls us to contemplative listening, ongoing dialogue and critical social analysis that moves us to ACTION.
Our common home and integral ecology are two key phrases from Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si”. If we truly believe that caring for our common home is our call, integral ecology speaks volumes to us who are growing in awareness of the interconnectedness of all creation.
Our world calls for a vision capable of taking into account every aspect of the global crisis. We can no longer see climate change as unrelated to social issues. Migration, racism, economic disparity, all are intertwined with why we care for creation and how we can act for justice.
Sister Dorothy Stang knew this deeply. Her cries to God came from her vision of the interconnectedness of all creation. The month of October presents two important occasions related to Dorothy.
The first is Mission Sunday which will highlight how Dorothy steeped herself in a spirituality that embraced the destruction of the rain forest as intimately linked to the disappearance of the natural habitat of fowl and fauna, as well as to the total disregard for the rights of struggling farm families all under the guise of economic progress.
The second is the Vatican Synod on the Amazon which will be held in Rome. Our Sisters in Brazil were active with their communities as they responded to the preliminary working document in preparation for the Synod. Thanks to a CLT invitation to sisters in Brazil, Sister Rebeca Spires, with her history of ministry among indigenous tribes, and Sister Sandra Araujo Santos, a lawyer working in defense of land rights, will be present at one of the tents around the Vatican sharing the entrenched issues their people face.
How do you plan to mark your presence with them in efforts to care for creation?