Calls for Unity and Reconciliation
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery, members of the CSSJ United States Federation, are calling for all Americans to come together in the spirit of unity and reconciliation and build relationships based on respect.
As a nation, we have experienced a rancorous and divisive political campaign season marked by rhetoric of anger, hate and distrust which has left our nation hurt, broken and conflicted. We have new national leadership and we need to continue the process of healing and moving forward in the belief that reconciliation and trust are possible. God creates newness out of brokenness and chaos and, as Sisters of St. Joseph, we believe in fostering unity that's not uniformity, and diversity that's not division.
We carry out our mission of unity by making every attempt to address the pressing needs of our society and world. We believe what is needed now in our nation is real healing and a movement forward as one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic and ideological differences may be.
As our nation moves forward with our elected officials, all Sisters of St. Joseph, along with their Associates and Partners in Ministry, are reaffirming our commitment to our mission of living and working so that all may be one. Please join us in praying the following prayer, written by a Sister of St. Joseph in the mid-section of the United States.
Healer of Our Every Ill
By Sister Pat Bergen, CSJ
Healer of Our Every Ill,
Breathe in and among all of us who dwell in this land.
Soothe our wounds. Calm our fears.
Mend our divisions.
Hope of All Tomorrows,
Open our deaf ears and fill us with Compassion.
Tender our hearts.
Inspire creative ideas to address the cries of our sisters, brothers and Earth itself.
Send forth your Spirit of Love and Unity
Transform pointed fingers of blame into hands open in reverence to receive one another.
Fan into flame the gift of our founding
And let us be known again as a people
United for the goodness, justice and peace of all people forever.