Dear Sisters, Associates and Sojourners,
Wednesday, February 8th, was the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking and on this day, Friday, we celebrate the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita. As we remember St. Bakhita was born in Sudan, sold into slavery at age 7, and became a Canossian nun. She dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a saint in 2000 (resources will be at JPIC web page later this week).
We, too, dedicate ourselves to serving, advocating and praying for those still enslaved whether through human trafficking, forced labor, injustices or abuses of power. Those who suffer, here at home and abroad, count on our willingness to STAND with and for their needs, struggles and issues. And, we do--collectively and individually!
Our show of resistance helped win a restraining order on the ban on Muslims and refugees – it’s temporary relief but a true moral victory.
With other social justice organizations, we are reclaiming February 14th as a Day of Revolutionary Love, Day of Rising. This is sponsored by Groundswell. This Valentine’s Day will be more than a day for love as romance; it will be a day to reclaim love as action, as revolution, as the call of our times. There are numerous ways to participate which you will find HERE.
Let's keep our focus and energies positive!
Sister Sara Dwyer, ASC