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.
We are convinced that “to educate is in itself an act of justice” (Letter of the General Council, Feast of the Sacred Heart, June, 2006). We take the responsibility to orient all our educative endeavors toward creating relationships of equality, inclusion, non-violence, and harmony, believing that to have life, and life in abundance, is the deepest desire of God. In whatever apostolic activity we may be engaged, our educative mission makes visible our solidarity with those who are excluded. The pursuit of justice, peace, and integrity of creation permeates all aspects of our lives. We want to include these in the criteria we use for discerning our relationships, ministries, and commitments. In so doing, all our choices will be marked by Gospel values.
Taking on this commitment in daily life:
- calls each one of us to a change in our personal and communal lifestyle, in our mentality and attitudes, and in the way we make choices
- offers us new ways of living our vows more congruently
- impels us to search for different ways of living our community of goods, inclusiveness, and communion
- invites us to relate in a new way with ourselves, with others, and with all of creation.
With gratitude, we celebrate the daily efforts of men and women in search of a better world. With them, strengthened by the Spirit, we want to continue finding the face of God in the future towards which we journey. We find hope in initiatives towards solidarity and reconciliation, gestures of sharing goods and of caring for life, and words that console and challenge us. In the beating of these human hearts in accordance with the rhythm of life, with joy we discover the love of the Heart of Jesus.
(Adapted from General Chapter 2008 Documents, ©Society of the Sacred Heart)
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