Presentation on Justice and Peace -Hedwig Jöhl, RGS
Sr Reina presented Sr Hedwig, the presenter of the day.
She began her presentation with a prayer on Justice and Peace which was the theme of the day. The first draft of the assembly statement was presented and opened to assembly for responses.
Sr Hedwig distributed a number of papers for our reflection, the first was the Pope's Address to Representatives of the Churches Ecclesial Communities and Other Religions
We were asked to reflect on this and underline key words.
Afterwards the key words were shared with the whole assembly.
A sample of the words were:
Solidarity with the poor
Responsibility in relation to creation and to the whole of creation.
Defense of Human dignity
All words were place on the white board and commented by Sr Hedwig, there was an interaction between the presenter and the participants concerning the pope’s document.
In the afternoon, Sr Hedwig gave an input on the paper “THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE”
The PCID (THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE) is the central office of the Catholic Church for the promotion of interreligious dialogue in accordance with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, in particular the declaration "Nostra Aetate". It has the following responsibilities:
- to promote mutual understanding, respect and collaboration between Catholics and the followers of others religious traditions;
- to encourage the study of religions;
- to promote the formation of persons dedicated to dialogue.
She highlighted the phrase:
Dialogue is a two-way communication. It implies speaking and listening, giving and receiving, for mutual growth and enrichment. It includes witness to one's own faith as well as an openness to that of the other.
We reflected and shared on the gospel story of the Samaritan women as an example of Dialogue and going beyond boundaries.
The bible story of Esau and Jacob was presented as an example of reconciliation and we had creative process and role play as we reflected on the story. We were reminded that Reconciliation is a process which can take 20 years, one year or one week. Much deepens on how we cope with any particular situation.
August 13 - Outing
|Lake of Blood||St Anna Church||Sisters taking a rest after their walk|
On the 7th day of the meeting we had an outing. There were two propositions for the group. 0ne group could go to the “Middle of the World” and the other one to Otaballo and its surroundings (the lago de sangre) Lake of blood
St Antonio - craftsmanship (Wood)
Cotacachi - craftsmanship (Leather)
Otavallo Handicraft in different items
Unfortunately on the eve of the outing there has been an Earthquake of 5.1 magnitudes which caused buildings to sway. We really felt the tremor here in our center. Because of this, the site of “Middle of the earth” was closed to the public and all the group went to Otaballo.
We had a marvelous sunny day and we saw the Laguna Yahuarcocha – Lago de sangre. "Lake of Blood" is named after a historical event occurred on its shores: the last battle of resistance against the invading Incas by the Caranquis troops. After Incas victory, the Incas stabbed all the survivors and threw their bodies into the lake.
We visited St Anna church in St Antonio, and then proceeded to the two other places and sisters had the possibility of purchasing crafts from a wide variety of colourful locally made goods.
Sr. Marie Françoise Mestry