Love has within it a redemptive power, a power that transforms individuals. Martin Luther King
The day began with a number of gospel reflection on Mary as it was the feast of Assumption..
Sr Hedwig continued her session on Justice and Peace.
Reflection papers for the day were distributed.
One paper gave scripture quotations on justice and the other papers gave quotations from Mary Euphrsia, Pope Francis, Church teaching Mandela, Martin Luther king Jr., Ban Ki moon.
Time was given to reflect on the quotations and answer the question:
What are the values and attitudes of Justice – Peace in this text that we want for our Contemplative life.
There was general feedback in the large group.
Some responses were as follows:
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” Martin Luther King
Love has within it a redemptive power, a power that transforms individuals. Martin Luther King Jr.
“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.” Nelson Mandela
“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.” Nelson Mandela
It is very important for us as we are instrument of reconciliation and this must begin in our own community. It makes us creative.
Love and kindness are important for our Community.
“Justice is a value that accompanies the exercise of the corresponding cardinal moral virtue.” compendium?of the social doctrine of the church
There was longer sharing on some points.
- Recognizing each individual as a person.
- The necessity to change oneself rather than expecting others to change.
- Leaving bitterness and hurt behind.
IN the afternoon, Sr Hedwig began with this statement from Kofi Annan “We will not enjoy development without security, we will not enjoy security without development, and we will not enjoy either without respect for human rights.
Then we had a presentation on Women and the the UN, we were given information on the different groups that work for the promotion of the rights of women and how GS sisters are connected with some of these groups.
We were reminded to be careful about our use of language for example to say Women in prostitution
not prostitutes, children on the street not street children, people in poverty and not poor people.
We continued with a reflection on the Gospel on marc Mark 5, 2-43 ,A girl restored to life and a woman healed.
We dramatized these gospel scenes and afterwards shared the experience.
Sr. Marie Françoise Mestry