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The Hurricane’s Path, and A Close Call

May 26, 2021

By Sister Diane Clyne

It truly felt like déjà vu. In November 1998, Hurricane Mitch blasted through San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The airports were closed, and flights in and out were cancelled. The rivers burst their banks in all directions. Thousands lost their lives, including especially the poor and those “landless” who perched on riverbanks. The devastation was complete.

Fast forward to November 2020 as Hurricanes Eta and Iota brought new heartache to Honduras, with pounding rain, Category 4 and 5 winds, and dangerous landslides. Once again, arable land and security were lost as helpless residents watched the land flow down hillsides or into the river. Many had to be rescued from rooftops.

An image of Sister Sandra and flooding in San Pedro Sula

The Sisters of Mercy living in San Pedro Sula did not wait to evacuate nearly 40 vulnerable residents in their care, including children living with HIV/AIDS at the Heart of Mercy House. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there could be no delay. Little ones and staff moved to higher ground, where they relied on friends and family of staff for food, care and shelter. Miraculously, the sisters were able to handle everything that came their way.

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Let Us Write a New History

November 13, 2020

By Sister Lilian Silva

On October 25, 2020, we lived an experience that will mark the destiny of our beloved Chile in the next years.

After the social outcry in October 2019—by which all the injustice that thousands of people suffer was disclosed in the areas of education, health, femicides, pensions, etc.—President Sebastian Piñera called to a plebiscite to approve or reject the drafting of a new constitution.

This was a voluntary invitation and marked a milestone in our country, as the option “I approve” obtained the most votes. I feel that people feel more hopeful after learning the result.

In spite of the pandemic, thousands of people from different places took to the streets to celebrate. What comes next is the election of members for the Constitutional Convention that will be drafting Chile’s new constitution. This group of people will include men and women in equal numbers who will be chosen by all of us. There is still a long way ahead, but we have taken the first step.

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Escribamos una nueva historia

November 13, 2020

Por la Hermana Lilian Silva

Ayer 25 de Octubre de 2020, hemos vivido una experiencia que marcará el destino de nuestro querido Chile por los próximos años

Después del estallido social de Octubre 2019 donde quedó al descubierto todas las injusticias que sufren miles de personas en la Nación en ámbitos de: educación, salud, femicidios, AFP, el Presidente Sebastián Piñera convoco a un plebiscito para RECHAZAR O APROBAR la redacción de una NUEVA CONSTITUCION.

Esta invitación a votar fue voluntaria y marcó un HITO histórico en nuestro País, la opción #APRUEBO obtuvo la mayoría de los votos. Al conocerse los resultados siento que en general hay mucha esperanza en todas las personas.

Con pandemia y todo miles de personas en distintos lugares del país salieron a las calles a celebrar. Lo que se viene ahora es la elección de las personas que conformaran la Convención Constituyente, que será la encargada de redactar la Nueva Constitución para Chile.  Este grupo de personas incluirá el 50 % de varones y 50 % de mujeres y serán elegidos por todos nosotros. Hay un largo camino que recorrer, pero ya dimos el primer paso. 

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An Invitation to Respond to the Pandemic with Love

September 9, 2020

By the Prophetic Voice Commission, Sisters of Mercy of CCASA (Caribbean, Central, South America)*

We would like to share with you some reflections regarding these unforeseen, difficult and painful times we are living, but, above all, we want to leave with you a hopeful reflection that will allow us to see the opportunities we have so as to build a world in accordance with God’s heart. In these uncertain times, we count on the certainty of love as life force.

In Chulucanas Perú, Sister María Elena Anto Pasache delivers food baskets to people who have few resources during the pandemic.

The pandemic is presented as a health crisis, but it is more than that. The pandemic has laid bare the economic, social and existential crisis that neo-liberal, patriarchal, militaristic and racist systems have brought to the majority of the Earth and to Latin America’s citizens. It is related to the realities of the neo-liberal system, to cuts in public services (health, pension, education)—that is to say, the “flexibilization” of economic, social and cultural rights and their passing into private hands. Countries’ greatest investments are focused around the strengthening of military forces and the purchase of weapons of war. On the other hand, they speak of development that privileges extractivist looting and strengthens the financial system and large corporations at the expense of labor, rural areas and indigenous communities whose territories are expropriated.

The coronavirus has shaken the foundations of this system. Emotions overwhelm us; fear of death surfaces, and uncertainty appears in the midst of a quarantine that obliges us to come to a stop. Come to a stop, allow the time in which life can find the opportunity of regenerating itself. Come to a stop, allow stillness, be at home, recapture the internal time that will enable us to reflect, be quiet, feel, think, pray, meditate, read, plant, cook, sing, dance, exercise, make handicrafts and communicate with the help of technology. It is an opportunity to rediscover our interrelations and revise our lifestyles so as not to return to normal.

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Una invitación a responder a la pandemia con amor

September 9, 2020

Por la Comisión Voz Profética, Hermanas de la Misericordia de CCASA (Caribe, Centroamérica y Sudamérica)*

Nos gustaría compartir con ustedes algunas reflexiones en relación a estos tiempos imprevistos, difíciles y dolorosos que estamos transitando, pero sobre todo queremos dejar con ustedes un pensamiento de esperanza que nos permita ver las oportunidades para construir un mundo según el corazón de Dios. En estos tiempos inciertos contamos con la certeza del amor como fuerza de Vida.

En Chulucanas Perú, Hermana María Elena Anto Pasache entrega canastas con alimentos a la gente de pocos recursos durante la pandemia.

La pandemia está siendo  presentada como una crisis sanitaria, pero va más allá de eso. La pandemia ha desnudado la crisis económica, social y existencial que el sistema neoliberal, patriarcal, militarista y racista, ha llevado a la mayoría de ciudadanos de nuestra Tierra y latinoamericanos. Está relacionada con las recetas del sistema neoliberal, recortes en los servicios públicos (salud, previsión, educación), es decir la «flexibilización» de los derechos económicos, sociales y culturales, poniéndolos en manos privadas. La mayor inversión de los Estados Nacionales se ha centrado en el fortalecimiento de las fuerzas militares y la compra de armas para la guerra. Por otro lado hablan de desarrollo, privilegiando el saqueo extractivita, fortaleciendo al sector financiero y a grandes corporaciones, en detrimento del sector obrero, campesino y de las comunidades indígenas al ser expropiados de sus territorios.

El coronavirus ha sacudido los cimientos de este sistema biosida. Las emociones nos desbordan, el miedo a la muerte aflora, la incertidumbre se hace presente en medio de una cuarentena que nos obliga a parar. Parar, dar paso al tiempo del no tiempo, en donde la vida encuentra la posibilidad de regenerarse. Parar, dar paso a la acción de la no acción, estar en casa, reconquistar el tiempo interior que nos permita reflexionar, callar para sentí-pensar, orar, meditar, leer, sembrar, cocinar, cantar, bailar, hacer gimnasia, hacer arte/sanías, charlar aunque sea a través de las rejas o la tecnología. Oportunidad para redescubrir nuestras interrelaciones y revisar  nuestros estilos de vida para no regresar a la normalidad.

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Marching Against Violence Against Women

November 24, 2019

By Sister Terry Kimingiri

Recently, I took part in a walk in support of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign in Georgetown, Guyana. It was meant to gear the community up for an international campaign, beginning November 25—International Day Against Violence Against Women in Latin America—to December 10—International Human Rights Day. More than 6,000 organizations in 187 countries will participate in the campaign. We marched to challenge cultural norms that tolerate violence against women and girls.

(left) Sisters Roslyn, Junan and Denise and (right) Sisters Denise, Terry and Elizabeth. Boys in blue are our boys from St. John Bosco Orphanage.
(left) Sisters Roslyn, Junan and Denise and (right) Sisters Denise, Terry and Elizabeth. Boys in blue are our boys from St. John Bosco Orphanage.
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Marchando contra la violencia hacia las mujeres

November 24, 2019

Por Hermana Terry Kimingiri

Recientemente, participé en una caminata de apoyo a la campaña por los 16 días de activismo contra la violencia en base al género en Georgetown, Guyana. La caminata estaba destinada a preparar a la comunidad para una campaña internacional, que inicia el 25 de noviembre —Jornada Mundial contra la violencia hacia las mujeres en Latinoamérica— hasta el 10 de diciembre —Jornada Mundial de los Derechos Humanos—. Participarán en la campaña más de 6.000 organizaciones de 187 países. Marchamos para desafiar las normas culturales que toleran la violencia contra las mujeres y niñas.

(Izquierda) Hermanas Roslyn, Junan y Denise y (derecha) Hermanas Denise, Terry y Elizabeth. Los niños en azul son nuestros niños del orfanato de San Juan Bosco.
(Izquierda) Hermanas Roslyn, Junan y Denise y (derecha) Hermanas Denise, Terry y Elizabeth. Los niños en azul son nuestros niños del orfanato de San Juan Bosco.
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We Are All the Amazon

October 9, 2019

By Sister Denise Lyttle

In preparation for the upcoming Synod on the Amazon, in November of last year, I, as a Sister of Mercy living in Guyana, participated in a regional gathering that took place in the Rupununi, located in the South of Guyana, bordering on Brazil.

There, I learned that our Amazon needs to be cared for by all, not just by those who live in the Amazon. As someone said, “the pain and groans of our people are the groans of our Mother Earth” who is calling us to be more conscious and more responsible in caring for the “lung” of our world, on which depends our life and that of future generations.

An image of the Amazon rainforest
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Todos somos la Amazonia

October 9, 2019

Por Hermana Denise Lyttle

En preparación para el próximo Sínodo sobre la Amazonia, en noviembre del año pasado, como Hermana de la Misericordia que vive en Guyana, participé en un encuentro regional realizado en Rupununi, en el sur de Guyana, fronterizo con Brasil.

Allí, yo aprendí que nuestra Amazonia necesita ser cuidada por todas las personas, no solo quienes viven en la Amazonia. Alguien dijo: «el dolor y los quejidos de nuestra gente son los quejidos de nuestra Madre Tierra» que está llamándonos a ser más conscientes y responsables en cuidar de los «pulmones» de nuestro mundo, en los que depende nuestra vida y las de nuestras generaciones futuras.

An image of the Amazon rainforest
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Mother Earth is Sacred: We Are One

September 20, 2019

By Sister Edia López

“There is enough for everybody’s need and not for anybody’s greed.”

—Mahatma Gandhi

Mother Earth is a goddess, venerated by indigenous peoples. Mother Earth is much more than the soil we walk on. It is the wind, the fire, the water, the element that we breathe and that sustains life and prosperity.

Unfortunately, we’re not doing much to protect her. The Pachamama, the Incan fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting, and embodies the mountains and causes earthquakes, is suffering.

That is why I am joining people around the world in action today, September 20, 2019. The care and protection of our “common home,” of Mother Earth, is a sacred duty of us all.

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