JPIC Way of the Cross - Lent 2020
This way of the Cross was prepared by Sr Anne McCabe, SM, Sr Juliana Karomba, MSOLA, and Fr Andreas Gépfert, MAFR, for the JPIC commission of USG and UISG in Rome. We want to give special thanks to the Procure of the Mill Hill Missionaries in Rome for granting us permission to use these paintings of the Stations of the Cross for publication. But most of all we like to express our gratitude to the artist, Ms Chessy Roffe-Silvester. Her inspirational translation of the Way of the Cross into the settings of our modern world are not only a welcome invitation for prayer and meditation, but also give a new perspective to this old devotional prayer of the Church, on how to follow Jesus in his passion and death. We are also grateful for all encounter, prayer, reading and exchange which inspired us for the preparation of the stations.
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Feast day of Saint Bakhita
The 8th of February 2020 we celebrate the feast day of Saint Bakhita, which is also the sixth World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking. In many parts of the world, trafficking is a scourge that strikes everyone without distinction, but it strikes above all the poorest and those who in various ways can be defined as “the least”, the “discarded” of our society. Those who live on the margins and the weakest, such as women and children, are the targeted victims of injustice and abuse. May Saint Bakhita intercede for us and for the many Josephine Bakhitas of our time!
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JPIC Newsletter January 2020
Here is the newsletter of the JPIC commission of the Union of Superiors Major, celebrating the 5th anniversary of Laudato Sì, which remains a challenge for each one of us.
Every Christian community around the world is invited to celebrate “The Season of Creation” in its own way. It is a privileged moment to pray, reflect and take concrete measures to preserve creation and to integrate our concerns for the “Common House” into our daily attitudes and behaviours.
- September 1st, World Day of Prayer for Creation, opens the season every year.
- October 4 is the feast day of St. Francis and the last day of the season of creation.
This year the theme of the Season of Creation, chosen by its international steering committee, is “The Web of Life: Biodiversity as God’s Blessing”, a theme that resonates with the important and popular message of Pope Francis that everything is connected.
There are educational materials available. Attached to this mail, you will find already some proposals for prayer. In the coming weeks, you will receive further information on possible activities. If you already want to know more, please consult the following page: https://seasonofcreation.org/guide/
Andreas Göpfert, Coordination JPIC-ED
Pope Francis released his message on Monday for the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will be commemorated on September 29th.
As the Vatican’s Migrants and Refugees Section announced in March, the theme is “It is not just about migrants”.
In his message, Pope Francis spells out what that means, reflecting on how we can all build the “city of God” if we welcome, protect, promote, and integrate those seeking a better life.
“It is not just about them,” he says, “but about all of us, and about the present and future of the human family.”
“When we show concern for them, we also show concern for ourselves, for everyone; in taking care of them, we all grow; in listening to them, we also give voice to a part of ourselves that we may keep hidden because it is not well regarded nowadays.” The Pope adds several examples of what he means.
“It is also about our fears.”
He says sometimes fears are legitimate but that they become an obstacle “when they condition our way of thinking and acting to the point of making us intolerant, closed and perhaps even – without realizing it – racist.” Fear keeps us from encountering the Lord in another person, he says.
Charity and humanity
Pope Francis says the issue of migrants and refugees also has to do with charity and humanity. “Through works of charity, we demonstrate our faith. And the highest form of charity is that shown to those unable to reciprocate and perhaps even to thank us in return.”
Compassion for our shared humanity, he says, leads us to recognize suffering in another person and to take action to heal and save them. “To be compassionate means to make room for that tenderness which today’s society so often asks us to repress.”
Excluding no one
The Holy Father says it is also about seeing that no one is marginalized, observing that today’s world “is increasingly becoming more elitist and cruel towards the excluded.”
“Wars only affect some regions of the world, yet weapons of war are produced and sold in other regions which are then unwilling to take in the refugees produced by these conflicts.”
The price is always paid by the poor and the most vulnerable, he says.
Last put first, the whole person
Pope Francis says it is about putting the last in first place, calling this a Christian’s true motto.
“In the logic of the Gospel, the last come first, and we must put ourselves at their service.”
It is about the whole person and about all people, he adds.
“In every political activity, in every programme, in every pastoral action we must always put the person at the centre, in his or her many aspects, including the spiritual dimension.”
Building the city of God and man
Finally, the Pope says it is also about building the city of God and man, which he notes is not the same as a technological and consumerist paradise.
The phenomenon of migration, he says, debunks “the myth of a progress that benefits a few while built on the exploitation of many.”
Migrants and refugees are our brothers and sisters, he points out, and are “an occasion that Providence gives us to help build a more just society, a more perfect democracy, a more united country, a more fraternal world and a more open and evangelical Christian community.”
The Lenten Way of the Cross was prepared by the JPIC-ED Coordination of the Missionaries of Africa (Rome, 2019).
The texts for reflection are drawn from the apostolic exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate”. The images of the Way of the Cross, a work by the artist Amblé Sonaglia, come from the Church of St Polycarp in Rome. The stations are made with nails… which connect us, unite us, even more so with Jesus crucified.
To pray the Way of the Cross personally, or to evaluate its content, please click on the square halfway down the bottom bar of the “Google Slides” presentation below, to view the presentation in full screen. By default, slides switch from one to the other every minute, but you can force a slide through or back by manipulating the arrows to the left of the bottom bar. And to exit the full screen presentation, press ESC.
Below, you can download three PDF documents:
Simply print the first document on both sides on “A4 landscape” paper to form a 16-page A5 notebook (4 A4 sheets).
You can also download another PDF document with photos of the 15 stations of the Way of the Cross, ready to be projected.
The third document is the stations, page by page, like those in the “Google Slides” presentation above.
A project in which every Sister whose congregation
is a member of UISG, and their connections are
provided with an opportunity to make a
difference in our care of the planet.
This project is a collaborative effort of the JPIC Commission in the name of UISG and the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM).
Pope Francis has underlined the fundamental connection that exists between the environmental crisis and the social crisis that we are experiencing and is asking for. He often reminds us “Everything is interconnected.”
Even if the project is addressed to all female congregations, male congregations may, should in fact, take an active interest in it.
On the occasion of the feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita on February 8, 2019, the Lavigerie community in Karlsruhe, Germany, organized an evening of awareness raising against human trafficking. This evening was held in collaboration with the local NGO “justice project”.
A few weeks earlier, we had already advertised this meeting by distributing posters in parishes, universities and other NGOs’ public places, in magazines and on the Internet. We decorated the room with roll-ups of our Sisters and Fathers, presenting their work on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of our two institutes.
Our meeting began with a video on Saint Bakhita and an overview of the anti-slavery campaign of our founder, Cardinal Lavigerie. The “Justice project” then presented its actions in the city of Karlsruhe against forced prostitution, prevention and information work in schools, universities and various local church groups and parishes: they try to identify female victims. Flora Ridder works in the Griesbach house where migrants and refugees with health problems are found. In collaboration with the “justice project”, she informs them of people involved in the prostitution network. Kordula Weber collaborates with “justice project” in a state reception centre for all migrants and asylum seekers. Every Wednesday evening there is a women’s café. In just five months, 13 women were helped. Thereafter, they can benefit of protected housing, support in administrative procedures and receive medical and psychological assistance.
The care of victims of organ trafficking, sexual exploitation of children, forced labour, prostitution, forced migration, commodification and exploitation of farm workers, young people caught up in online harassment is done in collaboration with others involved in the reception and support of migrants and refugees.
An aperitif at the end of the evening provided an opportunity to discuss further with the speakers.
A Eucharist specially prepared by the community on this feast of Saint Bakhita was celebrated with parishioners to pray and raise awareness among Christians about the human trafficking that still exists today.
Very few people have responded to our invitation, but this does not prevent us from continuing to move and go beyond what is known to be sowers of hope.
The Karlsruhe Lavigerie Community