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, perhaps, as in two key phrases from the 2018 Encyclical “Laudato Si”. Why is this important for us? 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. (Read More)
The insight Pope Francis had in common with great religious and cultural traditions, forms the spiritual foundation of his message. The world we live in 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, SNDdeN knew this deeply and her cries to God came from a vision she lived even before Pope Francis said: “strategies for a solution demands an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.” (LS #139).