The Society of the Sacred Heart in the United States and Canada strongly condemns the gross violation of human dignity that we, along with millions of others, witnessed in the video of George Floyd’s last minutes. We are outraged at yet another killing of an unarmed African-American man, and stand in solidarity with all people of color who are at risk of violence in our country. We also call for a quick and fair legal process to ensure accountability and justice.
“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
With in-person events cancelled for the foreseeable future, our partners at Catholic Climate Covenant have launched a virtual campaign "to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si’ ":
The quote at the bottom of March in our desktop calendar has been striking to me all month as the pandemic continues to unfold. Now that we've just turned the page to April I wanted to post it here:
"Weaving involves two threads, one horizontal and the other vertical... Our broken, suffering world is bound together by fragile threads that, together with others, we can strengthen."
Each of us shares responsibility for the protection and care of the most vulnerable, especially our children. Globally, children find themselves in places of increasing risk, facing the challenges of migration, poverty, violence and unequal access to educational opportunities.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg writes, “When I'm sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court] and I say, 'When there are nine,' people are shocked. But there'd been nine men, and nobody's ever raised a question about that.” (Georgetown, 2016). The JPIC Calendar for March invites you to explore the lives and initiatives of those who made it possible for women to sit on Supreme Court today and who continue to fight to overcome the systematic sexism that still exists in Canada and the United States.