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« 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

The kin-dom of God involves interconnectedness between each person and each thing; every person, everything has a place. There is only one inclusive justice. Mercy and Justice work together through a creative force that enables them to face and solve our problems.

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-making which abound in our world testify to humankind’s innate vocation to peace. In every person the desire for peace is an essential aspiration which coincides in a certain way with the desire for a full, happy and successful human life. In other words, the desire for peace corresponds to a fundamental moral principle, namely, the duty and right to an integral social and communitarian development, which is part of God’s plan for humankind. Humans are made for the peace which is God’s gift ».

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 11:6-10)

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.

In 2011, the Nobel Peace Prize was given for the first time to three women: the Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her fellow citizen Leymah Gbowee and to the Yemeni Tawakkol Karman journalist and figurehead for the "Arab Spring".
All three were honoured, in order to highlight the role of women in conflict resolution. The president of the Nobel Committee Thorbjoern Jagland declared at the prize-giving: "You represent one of the most important motivating forces for change in today's world, the struggle for human rights in general and the struggle of women for equality and peace in particular," Then he added: "You give concrete meaning to the Chinese proverb which says that "women hold up half the sky".

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 : 13-18  

Let us walk with full confidence on this road to Peace, connected to one another, to every creature, living stones, and creators of links for an interconnected solidarity. Thus connected together and to the victims, we are able to break down isolation and we can start responding to the problems we face in our times.

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».
Through the Sisters she sent to 110 foundations on five continents, St. Mary Euphrasia was united with women on the margins, with young slaves sold as merchandise. She had connections with each community and deepened it through regular correspondence.

«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 2:1-12

Pray with Is 11 :6-10 or Eph 2:13-18 or Mk 2:1-12

How do I experience solidarity concretely in my life?

How do I stimulate others to live in solidarity?

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