Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By Henrita Frost, SSND

The time is now!  We are the ones!  To be Human Rights Warriors!

On December 10, 2017, let us join with people around the world to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights sets out a broad range of fundamental human rights and freedoms to which all women and men everywhere in the world are entitled.

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A Golden Light

By Henrita Frost, SSND

Many years ago, in a distant land, I had the opportunity to be present at an open heart surgery.  The vision of the surgeon holding the beating heart in his hand is present to me.   Many tubes that connected the heart throughout the body enabled and sustained the heart to be an organ of love and compassion. Like that heart, our hearts beat and beat – giving life – sending life through the body and into the atmosphere.  We can stand solitary anywhere and offer our pulsating heart to wherever it might move.  My yearning is for a boundless heart, open to all to freely enter, no passports or permissions needed.

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October 10, 2017 Is World Homeless Day

By Henrita Frost, SSND

Who really knows how long the problem of homelessness has existed in our global community?  It seems that for centuries countless numbers of our sisters and brothers have experienced homelessness.

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Signaling for Compassion

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Once again a stained glass window in our Mary of the Angels Chapel calls me to deep reflection.  The Center of this yellow window reminds me of signaling for help using flags.  It brings me a memory from World War II, an image on a submarine of a sailor signaling for help.  The center of the yellow window portrays that the signal continues to be sent until there is a response.   The response is symbolized by what I like to think is a heart-filled circle and then the flag signals back, help is coming.  Perhaps as a child I created this event, but it has stayed with me.

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Innate Goodness

By Henrita Frost, SSND

Since the beginning of the tropical storm Harvey, the intrinsic goodness of the human heart has exploded and its compassion is emanating.  The innate goodness of the heart is embracing all of creation.  It is not discriminating between human beings of all colors, abilities, status – we are equal and inclusive of all of creation.  Perhaps you saw the animals, including a delightful pet pig, being rescued.  The message is, all are welcome and worthy of presence in our Universe!  We are one!  The human heart knows its mission of love and compassion for all.

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Prayer to End Human Trafficking in Persons

From: the School Sisters of Notre Dame (Gen Cassani, SSND)

O God, our words cannot express what our minds can barely comprehend and our hearts feel when we hear of children and adults deceived and transported to unknown places for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor because of human greed.

Our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry that their dignity and rights
are being transgressed through threats, deception, and force.
We cry out against the degrading practice of trafficking and pray for it to end.

Strengthen the fragile-spirited and broken-hearted.
Make real your promises to fill these our sisters and brothers
with a love that is tender and good,
and send the exploiters away empty handed.

Give us the wisdom and courage to stand in solidarity with them,
that together we will find ways to the freedom that is your gift to all of us. Amen.

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May Peace Prevail on Earth

By Henrita Frost, SSND

Recently, my heart aches, as I behold pictures of the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong – un, looking through his binoculars and seeming to enjoy North Korea’s latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic  missile as it rises from the earth and pierces the atmosphere. The thoughts terrorize me as I think of the possibility that someday a missile could explode bringing destruction and death to an earth community and its people.

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Today June 20 Is World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is a day celebrated around the globe to honor the strength and resilience of refugees.

Refugees are individuals who have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution, war, violence, and famine. For many of us, when we hear the word “refugee”, we think of the most vulnerable individuals in the world – images of the boy on the beach in Syria or a starving child somewhere in a camp in Africa. But the word “refugee” means much more than that – it also represents strength, courage, and the human capacity to succeed.

World Refugee Day is a time to celebrate the strengths of individuals who have come to our country and made it a better place.

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