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Human Dignity

Human Dignity is an important Justice and Peace issue for the Society of Mary USA ProvinceMarist spirituality, as articulated by our founder, Fr. Colin, mandates that Marists, vowed and lay, live as if "hidden and unknown" in the world. For Marists, this is a call to simple, modest and humble action. Simply stated, the focus is always on the task rather than who is doing it.

Marists seek to be vessels through which the healing grace and mercy of God can reach those in need.

We embrace this call to be hidden and unknown precisely so that we can be sensitive to God's presence in all whom we meet, in every culture that we encounter, in every ordinary moment of our lives.

As Marists, we are called...

Our Marist Constitutions call us clearly to the need for dignity for all humankind, especially those who are most marginalized in the world today.

From our Marist Constitutions:

12. ... They (Marists) attend especially to the most neglected, the poor, and those who suffer injustice. They are ready to carry out these tasks anywhere and at any time.

111. They (Marists) should be attentive to the cry of the poor which makes an urgent and continuous appeal for a conversion of minds and attitudes.

They acknowledge that action for justice is an integral part of the proclamation of the Gospel and they strive, therefore, to remedy injustice in economic and social relationships.

Several international General Chapters of the Society of Mary (1985 and 2001) made the same point but in more practical ways:

15. As members of one human family, reverencing the beauty and integrity of God's creation, we commit ourselves to seek for a more just and compassionate life that respects human rights, especially those of the weakest.

16. We work for the recognition of the dignity of women and their participation In the Church and in all walks of life.

October: Respect Life Month

Catholic Mobilizing Network
The journey toward restorative justice
is one of both heart and mind.
Over and over, it asks us to choose
hope over death and redemption over vengeance.

When we succeed, we learn that we can foster healing,
transform relationships, and build a culture of life,
just as our Catholic faith compels us to do.

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January 1, 2017 • 50th World Day of Peace
"Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace"

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis
for the Celebration of the Fiftieth World Day of Peace

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Celebration of the Fiftieth World Day of PeaceAt the beginning of this New Year, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to the world's peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious, civic and community leaders. I wish peace to every man, woman and child, and I pray that the image and likeness of God in each person will enable us to acknowledge one another as sacred gifts endowed with immense dignity. Especially in situations of conflict, let us respect this, our "deepest dignity",[1] and make active nonviolence our way of life.

Read the complete Papal Message for World Peace>

Marists Working for Human Dignity

NDV hosts benefit concert for Syrian refugees. Photo by Scot GoodmanNDV hosts benefit concert for Syrian refugees
Notre Dame des Victoires Church was the site for "Movements for Migrants," a concert Jan. 13, 2016 benefiting Syrian refugees. The evening featured musicians from the Notre Dame Parish music program, the Alden Trio, Chamber Music Society of San Francisco, Pacific Boychoir, as well as soloists. READ THE FULL STORY>

Marist Sister works to stem the tide of human trafficking in San Francisco and beyond
According to a U.S. State Department estimate, human trafficking is a $32 billion dollar per year business worldwide. That's a larger business profit than those of Google, Nike and Starbucks combined. There are around 27 million human trafficking victims worldwide. READ THE INTERVIEW>

Children with Special Needs in Africa are helped by the MaristsChildren With Special Needs In Africa
At Our Lady of Consolation Center for Children With Special Needs in Bambil, Cameroon, Marists strive to help children with special needs feel like others by facilitating their social integration and helping them attain a degree of autonomy.

The Marist Mission Ranong Migrant Support Program provides a community center and opportunities for on-going education for migrant workers.Migrant Support in Ranong
(Thai/Myanmar border)

The Marist Mission Ranong Migrant Support Program provides a community center and opportunities for on-going education for migrant workers. In a border town with various nationalities there is a special need for a venue where everyone, regardless of race, religion, or occupation, feels welcomed. READ MORE>

Amistad MovementUSCCB's Amistad Movement Tackles
Human Trafficking

Nearly 17,000 men, women and children are trafficked from overseas each year, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Anti-Trafficking Program. In 2013, the USCCB's Committee on Migration organized the Amistad Movement, a re-tool of their advocacy and action efforts to protect victims of human trafficking. READ MORE>


Society of Mary  is called to act for justice for Human Dignity for all.Meditate
We share with you this prayer for Human Dignity.

Thou who art over us
Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)

Thou who art over us,
Thou who art one of us,
Thou who art also within us,
May all see thee in me also,
May I prepare the way for thee,
May I thank thee for all that shall fall to my lot,
May I also not forget the needs of others,
Keep me in thy love
As thou wouldest that all should be kept in mine.
May everything in this my being be directed to Thy glory
And may I never despair.
For I am under thy hand,
And in thee is all power and goodness.

Give me a pure heart – that I may see Thee,
A humble heart – that I may hear Thee,
A heart of love – that I may serve thee,
A heart of faith – that I may abide in thee.

To love life and men as God loves them –
for the sake of their infinite possibilities,
to wait like him to judge like him without passing judgment,
to obey the order when it is given and never look back –
then he can use you – then, perhaps, he will use you.
And if he doesn’t use you – what matter.
In his hand, every moment has its meaning,
its greatness, its glory, its peace, its co-inherence.



Pope Francis:
'Death penalty inadmissible'

Pope Francis has approved a new revision of paragraph number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, according to which "a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state," thus "the death penalty is inadmissible".

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by Linda Bordoni,
Vatican News

Stop Death Penalty
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Human Dignity and
the Death Penalty>

Video Message of
His Holiness Pope Francis

Sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty

Oslo, 21-23 June 2016

The commandment
"Thou shalt not kill"
has absolute value
and applies both
to the innocent
to the guilty.

Read Pope Francis' Message on Death Penalty>

Syrian Refugee Crisis

Refugees are Welcome

As men who follow the way of Mary, we tread humbly into situations where we can clear a path for God's mercy.

We view the Syrian refugee problem as a situation needing deep human understanding and mercy.

Please join us as we insist that America, a nation of immigrants, look compassionately on the plight of all asylum seekers regardless of their places of origin.

What is the Seamless Garment of Life?

"When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with Jesus' cloak remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom."

(John 19:23)

Eileen Egan (1922-2000), a co-founder of the peace organization Pax Christi, coined the phrase seamless garment of life in 1973, also known as the Consistent Life Ethic. Catholic Cardinal Joseph Bernardin further developed this idea to express an ethical, religious, and political ideology based on the premise that all human life is sacred and should be protected by law.

The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.


Human Dignity (Dignitatis Humanae)
(Pope Paul VI on Dec. 7, 1965)

Safeguarding Life for Human Dignity

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Life and Dignity of the Human Person
(U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)

The Marist District of Africa


Contact your U.S. Elected Officials

Africa Faith & Justice Network


To protect Jesus with Mary, to protect the whole of creation, to protect each person, especially the poorest, to protect ourselves: this is a service that the Bishop of Rome is called to carry out, yet one to which all of us are called, so that the star of hope will shine brightly. Let us protect with love all that God has given us!

Pope Francis
St. Peter's Square
March 19, 2013