The world is so wounded and fragile. So it helps me to continue walking in the footsteps of the open Heart of God with vulnerability and fragility in my ministry.
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From Saturday April 27th through Friday, May 1st, several Religious of the Sacred Heart, associates and friends made a meaningful, educational trip to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. They were participating in the Border Witness Experience, led by Ramona Casas and Eva Soto of ARISE, a resource center serving the immigrant population in Alamo, Texas.
By Mary-Jane Ferrier, RSCJ
The Society of the Sacred Heart expresses its mission as “making known the love of God revealed in the heart of Jesus Christ.” In recent years that mission is also expressed through the lens of our commitment to pursue “justice, peace and the integrity of creation.” If only we could put this notion into what we call a “portmanteau word,” one that would emphasize the unity of these three notions all in one word, for that would speak to the unity of purpose our commitment leads us to.
SERVICE IN THE CHURCH
We are sent by the Church
to communicate the love of the Heart of Jesus.
In Him all find their true growth as persons
and the way towards reconciliation with one another.
This we believe; this we want to proclaim.
In Solidarity with Those Who Are Most Vulnerable
Journeying with people of different religions, races, and cultures, and listening profoundly to the joys and suffering of humanity, have allowed us to be touched by the poverty, inequality, exclusion, violence, and environmental destruction that are present in today’s world. We suffer the pain of our peoples. From our contemplation of the Pierced Heart of Jesus in the heart of wounded humanity flows the desire to commit ourselves with greater passion and compassion to justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.
Over 311,000 people gathered in New York City on September 21st to express their worry about the future of this planet that is our only home. For some it was the prospect of rising temperatures caused by carbon emissions that had them marching and carrying signs. For others it was the callous pollution of ground water by fracking operations. For others, it was the injustice suffered by the poorest and most vulnerable peoples on earth who are always the first to suffer from the profit seeking of corporations, nations and wealthy individuals. Tucked into the crowd, just in front of the Noah’s Ark float, were three RSCJ and several colleagues carrying a sign with the familiar Sacred Heart logo surrounded by the names of all the countries where RSCJ serve and the words “Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.”
Biking in 90 degree heat with 100 percent humidity from one urban compost pile to another may not be every teenager’s idea of the perfect summer adventure, but that is exactly what five intrepid Sacred Heart students and one equally committed teacher did in New Orleans as part of the “Biking For A Sustainable Future” network service project this past July. The inspiration for this project came from several Convent of the Sacred Heart students in Greenwich, Connecticut who, in the end, were not able to participate.
On March 31, the United Nations released a report about the impacts of climate change. For the first time, a United Nations panel – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – has concluded that climate change impacts could soon include strains on water and food, leading to migration and international conflict. This is an issue of concern and reason for prayer.