Core Value of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and Associates of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
We live in solidarity with those who are denied full human dignity, praying for justice, acting justly, and addressing the causes and effects of injustice.
During this Season of Advent when we reflect on the various Scripture readings I have come to appreciate Isaiah 11: The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him.
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest;
The lion shall eat hay like the ox. The baby shall play by the cobra’s den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair. …
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD
We may want to consider purchasing our gifts from businesses that are working to enable others to be freed from the “human trafficking” chain that is a crime against humanity.
Many victims are seen as easy targets because of poverty, immigration status, inequality, or racial background. Businesses competing with low wages of developing countries contribute to the demand for cheap labor. Human rights activist Sister Pat Daly spoke on supply and demand, “This is all about supply and demand,” she said. “If no one was looking for cheap products, there would not be a demand for cheap labor. There is a direct correlation between human trafficking and unchecked consumerism. Or you can say unchecked business practices.”
Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry behind the drug trade. The reason is that humans are reusable, drugs are not.