Seeds of Humanization
In this issue of the UISG Bulletin, the last of 2018, we already want to project ourselves towards the theme of our 2019 Plenary Assembly, “Sowers of Prophetic Hope”( #UISGPlenary2019).
Sowing hope above all means bringing seeds of humanization into all the areas of existence. Hope is born in the hearts of women and men, and each and everyone’s primary task is to grow together in humanity.
God himself became a man; he incarnated our humanity; he made himself human.
As women consecrated to a God who is so close and supportive, our first mission is to care for our own humanity and that of others, by generating dignity in people, looking at them with a pure gaze, inhabited by love, free from all selfishness and self-interest.
The mission is to bring the world the Gospel’s inclusive humanism, which cares about the dignity of every human being and works to assure protection against the subtle attacks that often come from the very heart of man: prejudice, discrimination of all kinds, power abuse, oppression, slavery …
Fr. Carlos del Valle, SVD (read the article)
Forming the Hearts of Friends in the Lord
The humanity of Jesus, his lifestyle, is absolutely contrary to all forms of domination. When in need, a person takes recourse to the power of God. Jesus guides us towards the weakness of God, a God who suffers because He loves. We look for God in what is spectacular. The greatest revelation of God is where He is most densely hidden: on the Cross; in one’s own pain and in that of the world, there is his pain. Jesus links together service and power. There is a contrast between the almighty God and Jesus at the feet of his disciples. Jesus eliminates the contrast by making it concrete. Power is exercised in the love that serves; the Almighty bent over, with a towel and a basin. Imagine a society where power is used for the good of others. We all have power: money, education, strength, authority, health, talent, information, fame, affection—all capacities and resources to be put at the service of the weak.
Church and abuse of power. Spiritual and Hierarchical Power in Relation to Sexual Abuse of Minors
Issues related to the abuse of power in large institutions such as the Catholic Church must be a central to both spiritual and academic reflection.
In this article we will analyze some elements of the abuse of power in the relational sphere. As will be noted later, this is an outcome of an unequal relationship between people where those considered “more powerful” (or “in power”) are tempted to take advantage of their position and impose themselves on the others.
This can occur in every part of the ecclesiastical world; between adults and minors, as in the case of sexual abuse; between consecrated persons and lay people; between teachers and students; between parish priests and faithful; between bishops and priests; between priests and consecrated persons, within the entire system and affecting all the people of God. In short, this occurs in every area where there is an implicit “hierarchical” divide between the subjects.
Sr. Simona Brambilla, MC
The feminine dimension of the mission
Inculturated evangelization cannot disregard intercultural dialogue and interreligious dialogue, which represents its heart. If the mission is a question of transforming relationship—and transforming it deeply, right down to the roots—then the Gospel asks us to reach the most intimate and vital layers of culture and of the person. Yet, the basic values of the people, their myths, symbolic configurations, and supporting metaphors are not reached by means of some technique or even through coexistence. It is, first of all, a gift of the Other and of another who have the freedom to invite—or not—the evangelizer to cross the threshold of superficial knowledge of the habits and customs of the people and enter into the living heart of their identity. Now, this is also the task of the evangelizer who, conscious of his own ignorance of the other’s world, with respect, empathy, gratitude, wonder, and desire to learn, can accept the other’s invitation to enter his house.
Sr. Marie Laetitia Youchtchenko, OP
“The Harvest is Plentiful…”
We Apostolic Sisters on the five continents all have, beyond our different charisms, a mission of consolation: we announce our vocation to happiness, relying on our certainty “that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us” and that the Risen One is “the conqueror of the world.” Deeply united by the same passion, we announce the Love that makes us live: “Evangelizing a person means saying to him or her: ‘You too are loved by God in the Lord Jesus,’ and not just telling them that but really believing it—and not only believing it, but behaving with people in such a way that they feel and discover that there is something saved in them, something bigger and nobler than what they thought, and, in this way, awaken a new self-consciousness.
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