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STATEMENT ON RACIAL INJUSTICE

 
June 15th 2020
STATEMENT ON RACIAL INJUSTICE
The Mary Ward family, the Congregation of Jesus (CJ) and the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) join in prayer with the families and friends of victims of cruel and senseless killings.
We stand in solidarity with all those who have raised their voices against the injustice perpetrated on many in racially-motivated attacks. The deaths of George Floyd, 46 (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Ahmaud Arbery, 25 (Brunswick, Georgia) and Breonna Taylor, 26 (Louisville, Kentucky) are painful reminders in the recent past of senseless and irresponsible behaviour and attitudes in persons who should be trusted to keep the peace.
St. Irenaeus says: “The Glory of God is a human person fully alive” and we, the Mary Ward Family, work for the Glory of God and believe that all lives are sacred, irrespective of colour, race, creed, political affiliation, gender, or social status.
We commit to pray constantly: 
· For comfort and justice for all victims of racial discrimination, violence and injustice, and for their families
· For an end to racism and all the injustices that come with it
· To identify any tendencies, conscious and unconscious, in ourselves that could promote racism
· For the inclusion of everyone. Venerable Mary Ward, our Foundress, taught us that ‘God is rich enough for us all’
· To promote the dignity of each human person.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pentecost Mass in Via Nomentana 250

On Sunday 31 May, together with the whole Church, we celebrated the feast of Pentecost.  In song and prayer, we invited the Holy Spirit to come to us, as on the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem after the resurrection of the Lord. On this occasion Selvi IBVM, one of those on the “UISG Formation of Formators course” here in Rome, gave us a picture that she had painted when she was working as a teacher with Aboriginal children in a very remote area of Australia. The title of the picture is “The Spirit Song”.

Selvi used for her drawing the special Aboriginal art form, which consists of many dots.  In the middle, we can find the Holy Spirit, the giver of life surrounded by some wells. The arms leading out of the picture stand for our life’s journey. There are animals everywhere in this picture as well. Animals are very important for the Aboriginal people. They feel very close to the land. For them, the land on which they live is God’s land. They treat the land with respect and gratitude, realising that it is a great gift given to them. We are very grateful that Selvi shared her artistic creation with us.

 
 

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