2015 - Year of Justice, Peace and Reconciliation

The General Chapter of 2012 decided (Decision #8) that the year 2015 would be dedicated to the theme "Justice, Peace and Reconciliation" for the entire Congregation. Below is the material.

MONTH

January-February-March

April-May-June

PARTICULAR INVOLVEMENT OF

All the local communities of the Provinces and Region

All the parishes of the Congregation

THEME

Religious Life that listens to the cry of the poor

We are the announcers of the Good News to all, without exception

FOCUS

Human rights, justice, and social development

- Our charism -

Reconciliation and human conflicts

- Our vocation -

REFERENCES

"Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor, so that they are not abandoned to the laws of an economy that seems at times to treat people as mere consumers."  (Pope Francis to his Grace Justin Welby, Primate of the Anglican Communion - 14 June 2013)

“I think that each one of us ought to feel committed primarily and personally in this effort of setting afire the innermost recesses of our faith and of our own religious consecration. In so doing we will be more at ease in the heart of Church and in the world, we who are called to love and serve by following the example of Jesus, our teacher and guide.”(Superior General’s Letter for the Feast of La Salette, 2012 – the first one of his term.)

FROM OUR RULE OF LIFE

...we want to be free from excessive concern for the things of this world in order to seek first the Kingdom and provide an effective response to the “cry of the poor.” No. 10.

When a Province accepts the care of parishes, it gives preference to those most in need. No. 44cp.

KEY QUESTION(S)

Who are the poor today? Where do we meet them?

What conversion(s) need to take place so that I/we can hear the cry of the poor?

PROPHETIC STANCE

YES to equality

NO to discrimination

YES to the commandment

   to love

NO to intolerance

HOLY SCRIPTURE

“but [the mighty] caused the cries of the poor to reach[the Just One], so that he heard the cry of the afflicted.”(Job 34:28)

“I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.”(John 11:25)

SEEDS TO HELP GROW

The creation of alternative means for assuring a just economy

The disseminating and sustaining of new initiatives developed in light of the new relationships between persons

THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WORK OF THIS PERIOD

Italy

Argentina-Bolivia

Philippines

Angola

Madagascar

North America

COORDINATING THIS WORK

International Commission of Justice and Peace

Internation Communications Commission and five pastors in Europe

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