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The ICM 2010 General Chapter gave birth to a triptych on the elements that are so fundamental to the ICM religious-missionary life: the understanding of our ICM Identity, which nourishes the Mission Ad Gentes, which is at the heart of our charism and is expressed in a commitment to Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, with Right Relationship with God and all of Creation. (ICM 12th General Chapter Mandate letter)

The ICM 2010 General Chapter gave birth to a triptych on the elements that are so fundamental to the ICM religious-missionary life: the understanding of our ICM Identity, which nourishes the Mission Ad Gentes, which is at the heart of our charism and is expressed in a commitment to Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, with Right Relationship with God and all of Creation.  (ICM 12th General Chapter Mandate letter)

 

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God in his goodness and love created the world and the universe.  We human beings are intimately one with all of creation.

However, human beings have taken the place of God as the center of creation and have exploited and devastated this gift.  “Conflict and division spread.  Injustice and exploitation became embedded in the very structures of society” (ICM Constitutions 1).  The web of life is disrupted, endangering LIFE and the quality of all life on the planet.

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Globalization has aggravated inequality among peoples and nations as well as the exploitation of natural resources.  Wasteful living, greed, consumerism, materialism, and individualism have worsened the ecological disintegration of the planet.  The most innocent poor are the first and most vulnerable victims of social and ecological catastrophes induced by these human activities.

 

The cry of the poor is the cry of the earth.

Justice impels us to be in right relationship with God, with each other and with all of Creation.  We, ICM women religious-missionaries, with our preferential option for the poor, can no longer remain complacent and indifferent to this groaning reality.  We commit ourselves NOW to a transformation of our consciousness, take concrete actions to renew our life and participate in the enhancement of the quality of ALL life.

 

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“If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation…(environmental issues) have a profound impact on the exercise of human rights, such as the right to life, to food, to health and to development…”

-  Benedict XVI (World Day of Peace message January 1, 2010)

-  ICM 2010 Mandate Document

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