Social Justice

Rooted in the Eucharist

Evangelization

Justice

Service to the Poor

Community




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 justice.

Vision/Purpose - Motivated by our legacy of Gospel/Eucharistic community and apostolic living we envision a cooperative networking with others in our prayer and works addressing issues of racism, immigration, human trafficking, ecology, and other issues as they relate to our goal of Gospel/Eucharistic living.

“If we live the Gospel, we will be people of justice and our lives will bring the good news to the poor.”
Saint Katharine Drexel.

In this Spirit we share with you a
Prayer Service for Social Justice
Opening Prayer:  Leader- Jesus makes the practice of justice the very criterion for salvation. “Come you blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Matthew.25:34-36

Closing Prayer

Leader: Lord Jesus, Carpenter and King, supreme Sovereign of all men, look with tender mercy upon the multitudes of our day who bear the indignities of injustice everywhere. Raise up leaders in every land dedicated to Your standards of order, equity, and justice. Grant unto us, Lord Jesus, the grace to be worthy members of Your Mystical Body, laboring unceasingly to fulfill our vocation in the social apostolate of Your Church. Sharpen our intellects to pierce the pettiness of prejudice; to perceive the beauty of true human brotherhood. Guide our minds to a meaningful understanding of the problems of the poor, of the oppressed, of the unemployed, of all in need of assistance anywhere. Guide our hearts against the subtle lure of earthly things and undue regard for those who possess them. May we hunger and thirst after justice always.

Amen. (Taken from Catholic Online)  Download complete Prayer Service – click HERE.

EARTH DAY – April 22, 2017


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, Earth Day was conceived as a national day to focus on the environment by Wisconsin U.S. Senator, Gaylord Nelson. The senator’s concern about the rate of industrialization and the careless attitude of everyone towards the environment lead to the celebration of the first Earth Day on
April 22, 1970.

Senator Nelson noted the challenge… “The opportunity for a gradual but complete break with our destructive environmental history and a new beginning is at hand…. We can measure up to the challenge if we have the will to do so — that is the only question. I am optimistic that this generation will have the foresight and the will to begin the task of forging a sustainable society.”

That very first Earth Day included 20 million Americans who lead protests, rallies and demonstrations down streets, in parks, and in auditoriums coast-to-coast. Thousands of colleges and universities, as well, participated in organized protests against the deterioration of the environment and to promote a more healthy, sustainable one.

Groups that had long been speaking out against, pollution, toxic dumping, pesticides and loss of wilderness environs began to realize they, too, shared a common interest.

It has been forty-seven (47) years since that first Earth Day. Will this 2017 celebration of Earth Day be the day we find that we have the will and the courage to rise to the challenge to break with our destructive environmental history?


 

Justice Committee Members:

Sr. Jean Olmstead, Joyce Hadley, ASBS, Hilda Wiltz, ASBS, Carole Blanks, ASBS, Sr. Zoe Brenner, Chairperson, Sr. Pat Downs

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