To do the work of Mary, as instruments of Mercy. Marist founder, Fr. Colin, envisaged a world where people from all walks of life would live Mary’s life in their time and make present in the world the Holy Spirit as modeled in Mary’s life of grace. This inspires us to enter into the quiet, passionate work of Mary, Mother of Mercy. Our concerns in Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation are rooted in this. Our commitments draw us to stay:
Mercy and Compassion. Marists are called to live in compassionate humility reflecting the spirit of Mary: gentle, loving, relational, inclusive, and merciful. Our activism across the spectrum of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation manifests this. We invite you to join us in our concern and action in the following areas of focus.
Every life is sacred, so the life and dignity of every individual deserves respect and protection at every age. This holds especially true for those who dwell in circumstances where respect and protection are rare, including: the materially poor, abused, marginalized and discarded. The right-to-life is the most fundamental human right leading Marists to work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace.
Marists respond to environmental problems affecting poor and vulnerable people who struggle for ecological justice. Polluted air and diminishing water quality, climate change, and unmanaged waste have generated devastating effects on our planet and all who live here. Marists work together with other groups to be advocates for change in this area.
Immigration is a complex issue with overlapping and intersecting concerns encompassing basic human rights, injustice, persecution, life-threatening insecurities, simple cultural misunderstandings and more. Immigration does not happen in large numbers when things are going well in a native country. It is a sign of need and often a collective cry for help.
Socially responsibly investing –investing according to our faith and conscience – is an effective way to advocate for social justice. We join like-minded organizations who hold concerns in areas of global and domestic health care, water rights, climate change and human trafficking. We push corporations to implement policies regarding board member diversity, human rights, just governance, and minimizing the gap in economic, social and cultural inequities.
Our work in the Pacific Islands has a special place in our hearts. As a congregation whose founding enterprise was to be missionary, we were entrusted by Pope Gregory XVI in 1836 to care for this area of great cultural and political diversity. In today's developing global economy, unemployment and lack of opportunity for work is on the rise in many areas of Oceania, causing hardship to persons, families and whole communities, as well as creating environmental issues such as severe air and water pollution.
Each of us is called to live out our faith through actions that help transform our world and contribute to greater justice and peace for all people. If for one moment we could catch a glimpse of our world through the eyes of an exhausted immigrant hoping to rest one night in a place of safety, we might feel the deep and hungry ache for change felt only by those who have no hope of making change, and who must rely fully on those who can.
and must not remain
on the sidelines in
the fight for justice."
- Pope Francis
Mercy at Work
"I feel impelled towards
You can make
Show compassion and learn to be in solidarity with those less fortunate. Increase the scope of your compassion so that it embraces, values and respects all living beings without exception. Ensure that God's longing for closeness is experienced by everyone, especially those outside of or on the
fringes of society.