Spirituality for Justice

Called to Act for Justice

 

“Action of behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as constitutive dimensions of the preaching of the gospel, or, in other words, of the church’s mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation.” 1971 Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World 

As we begin to emerge from the solitude and isolation of the global pandemic, we are called to address areas of inequality and oppression that became even more starkly apparent. We continue to provide reflections that you can use in your local setting, either individually or with others.

Reflections

Presentation people find inspiration in Mary, the mother of Jesus.

She’s a model of the vision of transformation. That vision is present in each of us and in every person. We hope to spread Mary’s vision to transform the world.

If Jesus manifests what God is doing, Mary exemplifies how to receive what God is doing and hand it on to others. In art, she is invariably offering Jesus to the observer or inviting us to come to him.

What if I/we were willing to be transformed?  What if our world were transformed to justice?

Today, we see a great longing for relational, mutually-empowering, feminine qualities at every level in our society. Feminine power at its best is deeply relational and symbolic. And that’s when it’s most transformative.

Mother of Earth, Mother of Sky, bless us with the courage we need to allow our own transformation in light of the Great Story of the Universe and our call to be, like you, Co-creators of Holy Earth.

–Text adapted from Presentation Day Novena, 2019

We pray, God of love, compassion and healing, for the Elimination of Violence against Women: 

For women and girls who have experienced violent relationships, that they can find safety and healing from their trauma, and rebuild their lives;

For children who have witnessed violence in their homes against their mothers and sisters and other family members, that they will experience healing and hope;

For indigenous women and refugee women who have been impacted by extreme violence, that deep and lasting change will ensure their safety;

For individuals and organizations working to prevent violence against women and girls and help survivors of violence, that their courage and generosity will endure;

For men who speak out against forms of expression that demean women or condone violence against them, that their voices will grow stronger;

For the men and boys who have behaved violently towards women and girls that they will have a change of heart, repent in meaningful ways, and seek whatever help they need to lead changed lives.

God of love, we commend these prayers to you and for your compassion to flood the hearts of all people. Amen.

(Adapted from women.catholic.org.au) 

Enjoy the following reflection guide: Easter 2021 – A Sacred Journey

Towards Easter 2021 … a story to remember a journey to undertake into this now… an enduring promise to embrace gift of hope of healing of whole-making of holy. In this now moment, this Easter 2021… we find ourselves in a world caught in the ravages of Covid 2019 beset by death and suffering ravaged by war and abuse challenged by injustice and inequality weighed down by fear and anxiety.

In this now moment, this Easter 2021 …
the universe celebrates
springtime in the global north
and autumn in the global south
sacred seasons-
enmeshed
creative tension
windows into Mystery
at once
promise
new life
bursting forth
at once
promise
letting go
death
transformation
and then…
rising again.

In this now moment, this Easter 2021…
we yearn
we seek
we let go
we die
we are nourished
we hope
we rise
we live
we discover
we act
we celebrate!