Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.
Jeremiah 22: 13-16
A legitimate government upholds the rights of the poor and vulnerable.
Seek the welfare of the city, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
Faces of Justice: Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament Challenging “The Deeply Rooted Injustice in the World Today”
Reflecting on the components of Justice:
- Human Rights – The right of each person and all peoples to recognition, affirmation and being valued; the sancity of each life from creation to natural death. We are all crested in the image and likeness of God
- Religious Rights – The right of each person and all peoples to worship their Creator according to their consciences without govermental or societal interference, in freedom and security.
- Political Rights – The right of each person and all peoples to fully participate in their governance, including self determination. Governance for the common good. We are each called to build the Kingdgom of God.
- Economic Rights – The right of each person and all peoples to food, shelter, clothing, education, healthcare, work, skills development. the economy exists for the person not the person for the economy. No decisions should be made without considering their impact on the yet – unborn – “seventh generation.”
- Environmental Rights – The right of each person and all peoples to a safe environment which has been used with good stewardship, not exploitation. The earth is the Lord’s; it is for the use of all; we are all stewards.
Related Issues Confronting Us Today: Racism/Victms of Racism/Reparation; Homelessness; Juvenile Justice; Women & Girls/Issues across different cultures; Immigration/Children separated from their parents; Human Trafficking
The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament stand in solidarity with the Call from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious to end gun violence and to encourage you to find ways to make your own voice heard in your local areas. Contacts with the President and with other elected officials, op-ed pieces, and letters-to-the-editor are among the ways you may consider using your moral authority as a citizen.
This is a critical time to stand together publicly for change.
“If I can say of an action ‘I did it out of love of God,’ there is something about it that will last through all eternity.”
– Saint Katharine Drexel
Social Justice Committee: Joyce Hadley, ASBS Chairperson; Sr. Jean Olmstead, SBS Leadership; Hilda Wltz, ASBS; Rosalind Pijeaux Hale, ASBS ; Madeline Tymes; Ernest Tymes; Sr. Geraldine Mikulec, SBS; Sr. Patricia Rogan,SBS; Sr. Margaret Sullivan, SBS; Sr. Patricia Downs, SBS