« It is time for all of us to embrace the reality of our cosmic interconnectedness… It is time to move out of that consciousness which perceives things in terms of separateness and dualisms… We can find in the world the roots of all the injustices we suffer today... The fundamental conversion required is to see all as interdependent partners sharing in one Earth community. It is time to build a human society that is more truly human and that is radically participative in the dynamics of Earth, and of the planet.
«Go out, therefore, into the crossroads in the town and invite to the feast whomever you find. » Mt 22: 9
In what ways do I contribute to building Justice for our earth, our human community, for the survival of our planet?
« Reconciliation is the heart of Good Shepherd mission. In the 3 rd millennium, we are part of "a growing awareness that world peace is threatened not only by continued injustices among peoples and nations, but also by a lack of due respect for nature." (Pope John Paul II)
We are conscious that Peace on our planet depends on this inclusive Justice for the whole of the Universe.
In his message for the World Day of Peace in 2013 Pope Benedict XVI reminded us of our inherent calling to be peacemakers. « The many different efforts at peace-
This gift that God wants to offer us resonates with a strong desire which each of us carries deep inside us and which yearns to come to life and be fruitful. It encourages us to act according to the Lord’s Spirit, our source of wisdom and discernment, which helps us to be more attentive to the rights of those who are most in need. In this way peace will spread throughout the entire living world. Thanks to this gift the Lord’s presence will become universal and planetary:
« The wolf lives with the lamb, the panther lies down with the kid, calf and lion cub feed together and a little child will lead them. The cow and the bear make friends, their young lie down together. The lion eats straw like the ox. The infant plays over the cobra’s hole… for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the Lord (…); for his dwelling shall be glorious." (Is 11:6-
What is the dream of peace for the world that you carry deep within you? For your planet? For the universe?
Draw it if you wish.
What about you? How do you see your responsibility in world peace?
St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians points us to Christ as the One who is the peace between us…
« But now in Christ Jesus, you that used to be so far apart from us have been brought very close, by the blood of Christ. For he is the peace between us, and has made the two into one and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart, actually destroying in his own person the hostility caused by the rules and decrees of the Law. This was that he might create in himself one new person out of the two by restoring peace through the cross, to unite them both in a single Body and reconcile them with God. He came to bring the good news of peace, peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near at hand. Through him, both of us have in the one Spirit our way to come to the Father. » Eph 2 : 13-
St. Mary Euphrasia lived in solidarity, urged by a universal and missionary zeal that made no difference between one country and another, between one person and another. «I belong to all countries where there are persons to be saved».
«The common good therefore demands respect for and the integral promotion of the person and his fundamental rights, as well as respect for and the promotion of the rights of nations on the universal plane. In this regard, the Second Vatican Council observed that "the increasingly close interdependence gradually encompassing the entire world is leading to an increasingly universal common good [...] and this involves rights and duties with respect to the whole human race. »
In the Good Shepherd stance on Ecology we state that we commit ourselves to:
"Study, pray over, support and promulgate the Earth Charter, with its principles of the importance of spirituality in human life, environmental protection, human rights, equitable human development, and the promotion of peace."
Solidarity is simple: a few gestures joined together with others are enough; just as the collaborative efforts of the four men carrying a paralysed person on a stretcher, who stripped the roof over the place where Jesus was and lowered him down. They get around obstacles to meet Jesus. They are in solidarity with the man lying on the stretcher and allow him to be healed by Jesus. Mk 2:1-
How do I experience solidarity concretely in my life?
How do I stimulate others to live in solidarity?
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