The Society of the Sacred Heart JPIC International Office has put together a set of reflection resources for Pentecost 2020. In the midst of so much uncertainty, change, and chaos, these resources invite us to think of one other, to transform our perspectives and behavior, to be creative, and not to let this opportunity for transformation pass us by.
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to Black History.
“Human trafficking is a crime against humanity. We must unite our efforts to free victims and stop this crime that has become ever more aggressive, that threatens not just individuals, but the foundational values of society.”
– Pope Francis
December is designated at the time to honor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an international document stating the basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. During this month, we stand together for equality, justice, and the dignity of all human persons.
November celebrates Native American Heritage Month. With the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories of Native people, this month acknowledges the contributions that continue to be made by Native peoples. It is also an opportunity to educate ourselves on the oppression of native tribes and the systematic plundering of their lands and culture since the first settlers arrived on the continent. Please consult the resources for more information:
Our Easter Monday Earth Day prayer ends our Lenten Journey together but not our life-long journey as disciples of the risen Christ called to:
Join us as we reflect on the significance of this day of waiting and hope for us today. Let us join the people at the tomb. Let us pray with and for those waiting for justice, peace and equity. Reflect on how you are called to be an ambassador of radical hope here and now!
Holy Thursday gives us countless opportunities for prayer, service, friendship, and community. It is in the ordinary small acts where we have a profound, long-lasting effect. It is an opportunity to listen and contemplate the infinite and unconditional LOVE of Jesus.
Our Good Friday reflections remind us of our Lord's suffering at the hands of an unjust system and of one who washed his hands of responsibility. As we enter into Jesus' experience we invite you to recognize the experiences of complicity and suffering in your own life and in our world.
This week we enter into Holy Week and approach the end of our JPIC Lenten Journey. As you recall we began the season with a self-paced retreat and now we close with one. We invite you to take longer periods of reflection and meditation this weekend to prepare ourselves to live Holy Week and walk with Jesus. The best way to be close to His heart is to recognize our own vulnerability and compassionate heart. This week is also called passion week and so let us move through this week with the passion and compassion of our Lord. Thank you for being part of the journey.