The inter-congregational social justice committee of Eastern Quebec, Canada, met in October 2017 at the vice-provincial house of the Daughters of Jesus in Rimouski. They share with us their mission and commitments.
The intercongregational committee for social justice
For 15 years now, members of this group have taken part in times of reflection which have led on to actions aimed at greater justice and peace. As religious brothers and sisters and associates, from 9 different communities, this commitment is dear to our hearts.
To give wider scope to our committee, one of the members has participated for several years in JPIC (Justice, Peace, Integrity of the Creation). Francine Cabana of the Canadian conference of Religious, has accompanied us from the beginning.
Our common vision
Is to :
- restore dignity to impoverished persons
- promote love of the Earth and of all living creatures in order that they may be perceived as a source and not a resource.
In carrying out this mission we aim to heighten public awareness and to inform …
- We hear the cry of the Earth and of the poor
- We try to contribute in a small way to improving living conditions in order to make them more ecological, more just and more human.
Our quarterly meetings allow us to share what each member is living out in his or her milieu and to raise the challenges we face in responding to the needs of the poorest.
These moments of reflection and sharing help us to identify what is at stake and to orientate our future actions :
- petitions, protest marches
- letters of support, denunciations
- purchase of fair-trade and local products
- small-scale actions around us
Giving meaning to the words of Jesus
In this way, together as Church, we want to
“honour the Sacred Humanity of the Son of God”
(Rule of Life no 3)
by giving meaning to the words of Jesus :
“Whatever you did for one of the least of these
brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’’.
(Mt 25, 40)
Sr Ursule Beaulieu, dj et Jacques Couture, Associate, Rimouski, Canada