Poverty and Human Trafficking Awareness

U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops Call to Action

January 2019 is Poverty Awareness Month and January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day Click the links above to see facts and videos on the evils of poverty and human trafficking in the US.  Measure your own “footprint” here > Your Footprint.  


“The future of humanity does not lie solely in the hands of great leaders, the great powers and the elites. It is fundamentally in the hands of peoples and in their ability to organize. It is in their hands, which can guide with humility and conviction this process of change. I am with you. Each of us, let repeat from the heart: no family without lodging, no rural worker without land, no laborer without rights, no people without sovereignty, no individual without dignity, no child without childhood, no young person without a future, no elderly person without a venerable old age.”
Pope Francis, Address at the World Meeting of Popular Movements, Bolivia

Christmas Prayers and Grateful Thanks

May Christmas deepen our walk together in Jesus.   May we allow the light of the Spirit to make us missionary disciples of God’s Love.

 

God of infinite mercy grant us a missionary spirit and
send us forth to encounter our sisters and brothers:
to walk with them in friendship to listen to their hopes and dreams with compassion to proclaim your Word with courage.

Stay with us always as we seek to share the joy of the Gospel with people of all generations, from every race, language, culture and nation.

 We ask you this with burning hearts, filled with the Holy Spirit through the loving intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Adapted from V Encuentro prayer

 

God is rich in mercy. Because of his great love for us, we have life, we have hope, we have peace in Christ, for, in Jesus, the barrier of hostility is breaking down.   We are members of the same family.

 

With grateful hearts, Sisters Home Visitors of Mary give thanks to our dedicated family of special supporters during 2018 including our heroic fund raising committee …   Beatrice Cochran, Chairperson, Vera Beauford, Melissa Belevendere, Gail Bond, Angela Boyer, Coral Lee Buckman, Esme Carson, Charlotte Davison, Ed Etim, Linda Franklin, Karen Liverman, Martha Lum, Jean Merrill, Samuel Onyene, Janet Sapanaro, James Smith, Barbara Walker, and Thelma Wilson.

A Special Thanksgiving

 Happy Thanksgiving Season!

On a snowy morning on November 21, 1949,  Sr. Mary Schutz and Sr. Mary Agnes McInnis gave birth to the Home Visitors of Mary.  May we continue to give birth to new life where we see each other as brothers and sisters loved by our Father.

The Home Visitors of Mary are grateful to all who walk with us in mission through your prayers, gifts and actions that help overcome racism in our world.

Nuns on a Bus: Tax Ju$tice Tour

“A good Catholic meddles in politics.”    Pope Francis. 

Nuns on the Bus are on the road again to  tell the truth about the Republican tax law and to hold elected officials accountable for their votes on this policy which hurts our communities while giving handouts to the wealthiest in our nation.  The tour includes 54 events in 21 states over the course of 27 days.  It launched with a rally in Los Angeles on Monday, October 8 and will end at Mar-a-Lago in Florida on Friday, November 2.

The tour stopped in Detroit on Saturday, November 20 and was attended by  friends and supporters including Sisters Home Visitors of Mary. 

View photos from Detroit stop here.

View the route of Nuns on the Bus: Tax Justice Truth Tour here.

Watch You Tube Musical Video:   It’s all about that bus

 

We Must Speak Up!

Sisters Home Visitors of Mary were proud to host a gathering of Faith In Detroit on Saturday, October 6.  Faith in Detroit is a group of Detroit-area religious women who meet periodically to discuss U.S. national issues through the lenses of social justice.   Fifteen women from varied Detroit-area Catholic orders met in the great room at the SHVM convent.

As followers of Jesus, Faith in Detroit is committed to listen to the concerns of Detroiters, especially those suffering from unjust circumstances, to participate in neighborhood and citywide actions to affect positive social and environmental change, and to collaborate with other groups committed to the empowerment of people and to systemic change for the common good.

The meeting focused on “A Soul-Searching Time as a Nation” by Sr. Nancy Sylvester, IHM, and related writings.   “We are in a precarious time as a nation.  We cannot be silent.”  Critical injustices cry out for attention:  racial injustice, immigration & humanitarian issues, gun control, gender justice, and the shameful inequality of wealth and power.

See:

A Soul-Searching Time as a Nation

This Is How Democracies Die

Refounding Our Church

The Sisters’ voiced not only rational analysis and study, but also heartfelt opinions and emotions, starting with lament for the present but ending with hope for the future.   All agreed that “We Must Speak” is the key to piercing the callus of indifference to the plights of those who suffer.  Speak up to those you know.  Speak to those who you perhaps don’t know so well.  Speak to those who may see things differently from you.  Speak in places and on platforms that are new to you.  We cannot be silent.  Speak.

Outrageous & cruel border policy. Donde esta mi mamá?

Donde esta mi mamá?  Mi papa?

The current U.S. administration has adopted a policy of literally ripping children from the arms of their parents and putting them in fenced enclosures at the southern U.S. border.    Heartbreaking cries of Where Is “Mi mamá” and “Mi papa” are heard around the world on TV news and internet videos.

Contrary to every sense of human compassion and contrary to the expressed pleas of His Holiness Pope Francis, the Trump administration insists that this cruel practice is both acceptable and necessary.  Sisters, HVM disagrees.  Sisters HVM believes that a spirit of compassion should guide the actions of nations just as it should guide the actions of each of us, the individual children of God.

See recent local newspaper coverage of this issue at: Detroit Free Press.

See recent Sisters Home Visitors of Mary posts at:

March 13 post:  Many Journeys One Family

January 13 post:  Welcome Protect and Integrate Migrants

January 1 post  Migrants and Refugees;  Pope’s World Day of Peace message

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis himself on World Day of Peace

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