RELIGIOUS LIFE
AND
JUSTICE, PEACE,
INTEGRITY OF CREATION
JPIC:
Religious Life
Passionate for the Kingdom
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JPIC
IS AN INVITATION FROM GOD’S SPIRIT
TO RELIGIOUS LIFE
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free“
Lc 4,18.
In this invitation the meaning and significance
of Religious Life is played out today.
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A PRECIOUS HERITAGE
FROM VATICAN II:
“The joys and the hopes,
the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age,
especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted,
these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties
of the followers of Christ.
Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise
an echo in their hearts”
GS, nº1.
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“The joys and the hopes,
the griefs and the anxieties of the men
[women] of this age…”.
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IT IS AN INVITATION:
 To discover the face of God, Father of
Jesus, who revealed himself in history
and is to be found in reality
 To live, following the Lord, with clarity
and compassion, in an unjust, torn and
violent world
 To discern the signs of the times being
raised up by the Spirit today.
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WHICH FACE
OF GOD?
A God who is FATHER AND
MOTHER,
Faithful in love,
Whose project is LIFE
for the whole of creation:
The Kingdom.
“I came so that you may have LIFE and have it to the full”
Jn 10,10.
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WHICH FACE
OF GOD?
A CREATOR God,
A breath of life,
who continues to create
and invites us to take
responsibility for peace,
justice and the care
for creation.
“God of our ancestors, Lord of mercy,
who by your word have made the universe,
and in your wisdom have fitted human beings to rule
the creatures that you have made …”
Wisdom. 9, 1 y 2.
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WHICH FACE
OF GOD?
A LIBERATING AND
COMPASSIONATE God,
who loves justice and
right, who defends the
oppressed, the poor and
the marginalized.
“He will have compassion on the poor and needy,
and the lives of the needy he will save”
Psalm 72.
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A LEADING FACILITATOR
JPIC is called to be a facilitator
of a new paradigm of Religious Life
that is
MISTICAL AND PROPHETIC:
• passionate for the God of the Kingdom
• and the Kingdom of God.
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A WAY OF LIFE
JPIC
a way of being, a style of life,
which desires to respond to
the great projects of humanity:
PEACE, HUMAN RIGHTS, ECOLOGY
and a dignified life
for every human being.
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EMBRACING
THE WHOLE OF LIFE
JPIC is TRANSVERSAL,
reaching into all dimensions
of Consecrated life:
spirituality, mission, the vows, fraternity
giving a new focus to our
missionary-liberating charism.
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IT IS NOURISHED AND FLOWS FROM A
PROFOUNDLY BIBLICAL SPIRITUALITY:
 Centered on a compassionate love
based on the experience of knowing
we are children of God
and universal sisters and brothers.
 Faithful and committed to history
in the spirit of the Beatitudes
from the perspective of
peace and non-violence.
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A SPIRITUALITY:

“Samaritan”
cultivating a sense of solidarity
and pro-active fidelity:
“Go and do the same”
Lk 10,37.
 Prayerful and celebrative
of the signs of life
and accomplishments achieved.
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JPIC OFFERS FOCUS
AND MOTIVATION TO MISSION:
in all presences, tasks, missions,
apostolates, specific new services,
such as in education and health…
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from the simplicity of everyday life
 and for every phase of life.
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The VOWS
Take on new meaning
and significance in the light of JPIC,
pointing to ways that
obedience, poverty and chastity
might be lived as alternatives
to the present ways of exercising power,
the distribution of the goods of the earth
and the pillage of life on the planet.
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COMMUNITY LIFE
Calls for concrete
expressions of
Fraternal and universal
relationships:
openness and attentiveness
to the cry of the poor,
fortified by
compassion and solidarity.
This is a JPIC journey.
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TO LIVE FROM A JPIC
PERSPECTIVE:
Leads to a personal and communitarian committment
to the tranformation of unjust social, economic and
political systems which govern our world today:
 in defense of the dignity of every human being and
against every type of oppression, injustice and violence, while
analysing the underlying causes.
Building PEACE - a gift of God and a human task – is
only possible when based on truth and justice and beginning
with a chage of heart.
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Caring for and defending creation, the rights of the Earth
and the sustainability of the planet.
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A JPIC METHOD OF WORKING
 SEE
and analyse reality and what is
happening
 Judge it in the light of the Word of God
and Catholic Social Doctrine
 Act in a transforming and evangelizing
way.
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TO LIVE FROM A JPIC
PERSPECTIVE:
It brings one to connect with other people
and organizations, one’s own institute, other
congregations, social movements, other belief
systems and religions.
It is a privilaged arena to practice
ecumenism and the ”inter”
- all that involves intercongregational,
interreligious and intercultural initiatives…-.
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TO LIVE FROM A JPIC
PERSPECTIVE:
Is to embrace God’s Word
from the mouth of Micah:
«He has told you, O man
[woman], what is good, and what
does the Lord require of you
 but to do justice,
 to love tenderly,
and to walk humbly with your
God»
Micah.6,8.
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