It is our Congregationâ€™s commitment to make justice, peace and integrity of creation (JPIC) a way of life for every SSpS in the world. According to Fr. JÃ¼rgen Ommerborn SVD, our resource person, although our Founding Generation did not know these wordsâ€”JPICâ€”nevertheless, in making this commitment a reality, we can draw inspiration from the words they left us, which he quoted so often throughout his presentation.
Justice is right relationships between people, between people and creation, between people and God. These three relationships formed the structure of Fr. JÃ¼rgenâ€™s sharing, inspired by the motto: â€œMay the Holy Triune God live in our hearts and in the hearts of all people.â€ Fr. Albert Rohner who studied thoroughly this motto pointed out that Fr. Arnold did not say: May the Holy Triune God dwell in our hearts, but live in our hearts. His wish is that the Triune God who dwells in us is alive in us; that we respond to the Trinityâ€™s love with our love.
JUSTICE as right relationships with God and with one another:
The words of our Founding Generation about justice as right relationships with God and with one another challenge us. For us, the spiritual daughters and sons of Fr. Arnold and the heirs of our Founding Generation, Justice(PIC) is to be a way of life rooted in our Trinitarian Spirituality; or, Justice(PIC) is a result of the Holy Triune God living in our hearts. The Holy Triune God wants to be active within us, God wants to transform our hearts into hearts full of love for God and our fellow human beings. And the words of our founding generation can assist us in living up to that challenge showing us how we can let the Holy Triune God be active in our hearts.
Once our hearts have been transformed, we can go about transforming the world, that means helping people to let the Holy Triune God live in their hearts as well.
â€œIf you want peace, work for justice” (Pope Paul VI). However, it is a very special kind of justice; it is Godâ€™s justice and that justice is always connected with love, mercy and forgiveness. Only that kind of justice will bring peace.
Pray God to let our planet at long last become the Planet of Peace. And sing in unison with all humanity: â€œLet there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.â€ (Robert Murray)
Integrity of Creation:
Notes taken by Margareta Messner from the retreat talks before the investiture of the first SSpS novicesâ€¦
Every being is created for the place where it lives. Some plants blossom in springtime, others in summer or autumn.
For a missionary sister it is a very special task to show from nature that there is a God. Therefore it is very good when you collect for yourselves thoughts from nature. Nature proclaims its God, its creator. Look at the birds, how they find their way back home coming from distant lands and later find their way back there again. O, what great wisdom of God is hidden in all of this!
In conclusion, Fr. Ommerborn said that as SSpS and SVDs we are to be at the service of life and not of death. Â JPIC, therefore, cannot be a theory we reflect upon once in a while but it has to be part and parcel of our missionary life. Â It has to be a way of life for us.