LCWR is asking all of us to designate June 1 as a National Day of Mourning and Lament for the 100,000 people who have died from Covid-19. We are invited to contact our elected officials and ask them to publicly remember the dead.
A number of Catholic organizations have developed opportunities to take individual actions to protect groups of people that are particularly vulnerable as a result of Covid-19. As you reflect during this time of transformation, I invite you to prayerfully consider signing on to any or all of these initiatives.
The Pledge to Protect
Pax Christi is inviting us to sign a personal pledge to listen to and support those who are most vulnerable, and to advocate for policies that protect them.
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.
Irma Dillard, RSCJ, Margaret Causey, RSCJ, Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ:
"As we approach the celebration of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat's feast day, our hearts are full. We face daily stories of heartbreaking loss and heroic acts of healing. The reality of Covid 19 affects us on all levels, internally and externally. Amid this uncertainty, we three were asked to prepare a reflection on Sophie."
Labor, Healthcare, and Trafficking During a Pandemic
Advocate with your Member of Congress to provide $12billion in foreign assistance for coronavirus relief. We are seeing reports from all over the world that developing countries are facing a severe crisis in employment and food security as a result of the coronavirus-related global economic contraction. Congress is negotiating its next coronavirus relief bill right now, and the most recent version did not include any foreign assistance.
“I renew my urgent call to respond to the ecological crisis, the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor cannot continue. Let's take care of creation, a gift of our good Creator God.” ~Pope Francis
This month we became organizational members of Education for Justice, which means we are entitled to up to 50 individual logins accessing the site’s vast database of justice resources for education and prayer.
The Society of the Sacred Heart joins 150 other Catholic organizations in urging Congress to direct COVID-19 funding to prioritize the needs of the poor and vulnerable as well as care for God's creation.
Video conferencing usage has spiked during this pandemic, and while Zoom has gotten most of the press, there are some other options out there. One of them also happens to be open source: Jitsi. We've begun some early work on integrating Jitsi into an easy to use module for Backdrop CMS.
The Jubilee year was meant to restore equality among all of the children of Israel, offering new possibilities to families which had lost their property and even their personal freedom. Pope John Paul II
The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. Pope Francis
We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community. Dorothy Day, from The Long Loneliness Postscript.