Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC)
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) JPIC
Vision Statement: We exist 'to be on Earth the Heart of God' so that 'the Sacred Heart may be everywhere loved'.
- This vision comes from a commitment to justice, peace, and integrity of creation which is integral to the Spirituality of the Heart that lives out the way of Jesus, who identified with all suffering in any way. “Our involvement in issues of justice and peace and inter-religious dialogue underlines our prophetic mission as religious” (Formation document of Valladolid 1992). Our existence and identity is to be the presence of God’s goodness and love in concrete situations needing transformation. This active presence is not an option or added extra but is at the heart of our charism, vocation, and mission. It is our way of life.
- Any witness to justice and peace requires working with the whole Chevalier family on issues of peace, justice, and integrity of creation, identifying the causes, discerning appropriate responses to oppression, violence, and injustice, and collaborating and networking with other religious and non-religious in this work.
- Spirituality of the Heart begins by listening to the cries of the earth and people and recognising in their voices the voice of God, who, in Jesus, identifies with them. This awareness is a response to Pope Francis’ call to ‘hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor’ (Laudato Si and Fratelli Tutti). Listening leads to seeing and being aware so that we can speak truth to power and advocate on behalf of all who are unjustly treated (e.g., racism, bigotry, corruption, human trafficking, fair trade, displacement of indigenous peoples, mining, protection of people on the move, the rights of workers, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, land mines, foreign military bases, domestic violence). This listening leads to seeing and being aware of speaking out against the injustice that leads to violence.
- As part of this awareness raising is the call to move more and more to a sense of solidarity with, not for, people who are poor and marginalised and learn from them how to be alongside them. We can do this in partnership with movements and organisations that share our values.
Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart JPIC
Learn about JPIC news and read the JPIC formation newsletter on the Justice Matters webpage.