As Sisters of the Holy Names of the U.S.-Ontario Province, we seek to embody values that have been shared by many people of faith through the ages. From the Jewish tradition, a passage in Deuteronomy 30:19-20 – included in our Christian Bible – speaks to these values: “Choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.”
Actions that show blatant disregard for human life threaten our Christian ethic. Recent tragic events in the U.S. renew our resolve to choose life and stand against hatred, violence and inhumanity:
- Terrorist mailings of pipe bombs to political leaders and CNN
- Racist murders of two black senior citizens in a grocery store in Louisville, KY
- Anti-Semitic bigotry motivating the mass slaying at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA and the increase in anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S.
We respond with hope, courage and action to these appalling attacks. We will not demonize perpetrators, for we are all God’s children. But while we pray for the victims, the perpetrators and all who mourn, we also appeal to our allies, partners and collaborators to stand firm with us and “choose life” by writing letters to your representatives, holding vigils, learning about cultures and religions different from our own, participating in nonviolent demonstrations and praying for peace, safety and dignity for all people.
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
U.S.-Ontario Province Leadership Team
Mary Breiling, SNJM
Guadalupe Guajardo, SNJM
Mary Rita Rohde, SNJM