Our Journey Into Communion
We, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, for whom the Gospel is rule of life, are acutely conscious of the urgent needs of the world.
“We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.”
~The Earth Charter
Impelled and empowered by the Spirit, we pledge to respond to these challenges, and we commit ourselves to transformation, right relationships, ecological sustainability and systemic change for the life of the world.
Deepen the contemplative dimension of our vowed life and ministry as prophetic witnesses, bearers of hope in a fragmented world.
Embrace the richness of our cultural and ethnic diversity and use this communal aspect of our charism to advance global reconciliation and right relationships.
Care for Earth as a fragile and sacred trust, practicing and promoting ecological sustainability.
Work collaboratively to forge just political, economic and social structures in solidarity with impoverished and excluded persons.
We, Sisters of the Holy Cross throughout the world, are called to participate in the prophetic mission of Jesus to witness God’s love for all creation.
Compassion moves us to reflect on the signs of the times, discern needs, and respond. We stand in solidarity with the poor and the powerless.
Our life together enriches and strengthens us to foster community wherever we are.
Compassion compels us to stand with and embrace others in their suffering, that together we may experience God’s liberating and healing presence.
Faith impels us to trust God ever more radically and to risk responding as disciples of Jesus.
Prayer, personal and communal, grounds us in God’s unconditional love, calls us to integrity in discernment, and animates us in our work of building a society of justice and love.
Community commits us to seek ways to journey together which energize and sustain us to live our mission in solidarity with one another.