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The Marianites of Holy Cross are dedicated to Justice, Peace, and Ecology. Below you will find a selection of articles ranging from human trafficking prevention to environmental awareness.

Show Mercy to Our Common Home, Earth Day 2017

In our current global reality, violence is endemic, permeating not only our human relationships, but also our relationships with Earth. Such violence is legitimated and supported by many of our dominant cultural, social and economic beliefs, attitudes and practices that are frequently unconscious or unexamined...

 

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

United with our Orthodox brothers and sisters, and with the support of other Churches and Christian communities, the Catholic Church today marks the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation”...

 

#Mercy2Earth

Here are 30 different ways you can show mercy to our common home. Pray and then chose one to do during #Mercy2Earth Weekend...

In Pope Francis’ message “Show Mercy to our Common Home” (Sept 1, 2016) he reminds us that one of the first steps toward integrating love and care for creation as part of our Christian faith is by conducting an examination of conscience...

 

Family of Holy Cross Statement on the Syrian Refugee Crisis Énoncé de la Famille Sainte

We, the leadership of the four Holy Cross congregations, meeting in Rome, Italy, are acutely aware of the plight of our Syrian sisters and brothers...

 

Laudato Si’ (Chapter 4)

Since everything is closely interrelated, and today’s problems call for a vision capable of taking into account every aspect of the global crisis, I suggest that we now consider some elements of an integral ecology, one which clearly respects its human and social dimensions.

 

Message of Peace

Pope Francis’ 2017 World Day of Peace Message (English)

Message du PAPE FRANÇOIS 50e Journée Mondiale De la Paix

 

Seven Sorrows of Mary Reflections on Justice

As we tread upon this earth through our words and deeds, we pray for God’s guidance that through the works of our hands we may assist in the co-creation of a more just world.

 

The Non-Violence of Jesus

TheYou have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist one who is evil. If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if anyone would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.…

 

The Holy Cross International Justice Office

The Holy Cross International Justice Office is a collaborative effort of the four Holy Cross Congregations that claim Rev. Basil Moreau as their founder: the Marianites of Holy Cross (headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana), the Sisters of the Holy Cross (headquartered in South Bend, Indiana), the Sisters of Holy Cross (headquartered in Montreal, Canada) and the Priests and Brothers of Holy Cross (headquartered in Rome, Italy). Each of these Congregations is international in scope, comprising 3,000 members in countries all over the world…

 

Celebrate Earth Day Every Day of the Year (Resources available at this site) New!

The image of a tree is a symbol for the Congregation of Holy Cross as envisioned by our Founder, Blessed Basil Moreau. Rooted in Christ through Holy Cross we, too have sown seeds through our lives, ministries, and legacies. The emphasis of the 2016 Earth Day on “trees” is an appropriate image for our Congregation and those whose lives we touch...


International Day of Prayer & Awareness Against Human Trafficking New!

In his 2017 Message for the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis speaks of “piecemeal” violence that pervades our world, violence of different forms and levels that causes great suffering globally. Human trafficking is one such source of suffering, but it is also true that trafficking itself is the bitter fruit of deeper forms of interconnecting violence in our social, cultural, economic and environmental realities. In this prayer, we invite you to reflect on the violence that permeates many of our social, cultural, economic and environmental arenas, which increases vulnerability to human trafficking…


St. Josephine Bakhita New!

St. Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan in 1869. This African flower, who knew the anguish of kidnapping and slavery, bloomed marvelously in Italy, in response to God's grace, with the Daughters of Charity, where everyone still calls her "Mother Moretta" (our Black Mother")…


What is Trafficking in Persons? New!

Over the past 15 years, “trafficking in persons” and “human trafficking” have been used as umbrella terms for activities involved when someone obtains or holds a person in compelled service. The United States government considers trafficking in persons to include all of the criminal conduct involved in forced labor and sex trafficking, essentially the conduct involved in reducing or holding someone in compelled service…


A Day in Your Life: Touched by Modern Slavery New!

The food you eat, the products you buy, and the consumer items you use on a daily basis may have been produced or touched by those held in involuntary servitude. The clothes on your back could have been produced by a man, woman, or child in a garment factory in Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America who is subjected to forced labor, including withholding of passports, no pay, long working hours to meet quota, and physical and sexual abuse…


Tricked and Trafficked  

Jeannine Jones (not her real name) dreamed of getting out of her small town, rural Texas community. She never finished high school but went to work as a waitress to help with the family bills during her mother’s long illness. Jeannine yearned for a way out of her fate of want and poverty even after her mom’s death…


Fighting Human Trafficking  

With major events coming up in Austin, and nearly one out of four victims in Texas, law enforcement officials are bracing for an increase. According to a state task force created by the Legislature, 554 investigations into human trafficking were opened between 2007 and 2011. Law enforcement was able to get 113 indictments out of those, but they say they found 369 victims under the age of 18…

 

Earth Dolors

Plants grow, plants bloom and plants die! What happens then? They are graciously taken in by the soil and added to the nutrients of the earth, so that other plants may take life and continue the cycle of growth.

There is a similar pattern in our own lives and in the lives of all creatures — life, death and re-birth! The re-birth for humans is what we know as Resurrection. Through Mary’s life journey we see this pattern many times. No events are more poignant than Mary’s seven sorrows or dolors…


Holy Cross Statement on Climate Change

“We must recognize our grave duty to hand the earth on to future generations in such a condition that they too can worthily inhabit it and continue to cultivate it. This means being committed to making joint decisions… aimed at strengthening that covenant between human beings and the environment, which should mirror the creative love of God…”

Benedict XVI
Caritas in Veritate, 50