IHM Social Justice efforts strive to raise the level of awareness of justice spirituality and emerging social justice issues. Such a task requires steeping ourselves in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, identifying critical issues of the day, and devising a deliberate response to the task of caring for all of God’s creations, especially the most vulnerable. All are encouraged to do justice by working for systemic change. Social Justice Spirituality has shaped and focused our commitment through the use of the three-pronged strategy of education, prayer, and action.
Statement on The Sacredness of Life
Society as a whole must respect, defend and promote the dignity of every human person, at every moment and in every condition of that person’s life.” (Pope St. John Paul II – Evangelium Vitae)
We, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Immaculata, PA, aligned with Catholic Social Teaching, proclaim that human life is sacred, and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. We believe in the sanctity and dignity of every human life.
To foster the common good, we support initiatives that serve to strengthen a more consistent and comprehensive response to the morally based protection of human life at all stages from conception to natural death. We recognize the complexities of societal issues but believe in the possibilities to find effective means to enhance the dignity of the human person in all circumstances. This belief focuses on the multiple inadequacies in our society that diminish the value of human life.
In the spirit of the IHM Charism grace of creative hope, we will continue our prayers for unity in diversity based on the common moral good and to seek to find ways to support initiatives that address protecting the sacredness and dignity of human life at all its stages.
Catholic Social Teaching
Catholic Social Teaching is a body of teaching drawn from Biblical, Moral and Ecclesial resources and set forth in papal, conciliar and episcopal documents developed over time. It speaks with relevance to specific social issues, and strongly suggests the need for a response. Seven key themes constitute the heart of Catholic social tradition.