January 2023

“This Good Work” is the Congregation’s bi-monthly e-newsletter to give witness to Precious Blood Spirituality through the lens of social justice, rooted in Gospel values and Catholic social teaching. In it we share real, legitimate information and ways Sisters are thinking about and living out many issues of peace, justice and ecology. This is curated by Peace, Justice and Ecology Coordinator Jen Morin-Williamson and features articles by Sisters.

Human Trafficking 101
Human Trafficking
Identity Theory
Colorado statement
Identity prayer
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Human Trafficking 101

By Sister Rita Rogier, CPPS
I was privileged to attend a workshop on human trafficking issues in September. One of my main learnings was the degree of misunderstanding regarding this very crucial issue. The workshop, which was presented by Dr. Tony Talbot of Abolition Ohio, clarified many aspects of this issue for me.

First, human trafficking is a violation of fundamental human rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations in 1948, asserts in Article 1 that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Read More

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

By Sister Martha Bertke, CPPS

Human trafficking is the second-largest crime in the United States. It is appalling that the average age of entry into trafficking is between 12 and 14 years old.

As of June 2022, Ohio ranks fifth in the nation for human trafficking cases.

SOAPSave Our Adolescents from Prostitution — is a volunteer-driven organization. Their mission is to end human trafficking by mobilizing communities, providing prevention education and advocacy, and facilitating restorative experiences for survivors. Their outreach is a unique, hands-on community program that allows groups of any size to fight human trafficking locally and potentially recover victims.  Read More

Identity, Bias and Dignity

By Jen Morin-Williamson, Peace, Justice and Ecology Coordinator
Often at the start of a new year, people take time to reflect on themselves and set goals in an effort to become a better, happier person and to live in a way that is in right relationship with God and God’s creation. It’s kind of like pushing a reset button. Intentional, self-reflective practices have been a gift to me in growing my relationship with God as I understand more deeply my authentic self and the inherent dignity I have as God’s beloved child.

While Social Identity Theory has been around since the 1970s, there has been a renewed interest in applying this concept as a way to think about bias. I like to think of my identity like I am a planet with countless moons revolving around me. Sometimes a particular moon is closer to me and sometimes it is distant. Sometimes a particular moon remains undiscovered for a while. And sometimes, I just want to ignore a moon or two for a while. There are many factors that contribute to how various identities resonate with us at any moment. Time is a factor in two ways — time in life and time in the history of humanity. Physical geography and local culture affect how we identify ourselves. Family, friends and social relationships impact our view of who we are. And of course, there are physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health aspects of our identities. Read More

Colorado Springs statement

In November, the Sisters of the Precious Blood issued the following statement in response to the mass shooting in Colorado Springs:

We, the Sisters of the Precious Blood, stand with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in their response to the November 19 mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As we are committed to being a life-giving, reconciling, Eucharistic presence of Christ in our fractured world, we are called to stand with those oppressed especially when they become the targets of violence. We believe that we all are created in God’s image. All identities are opportunities to live more fully the person God created us to be and the life God has called us to live. We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community as we stand in solidarity with other people — Black, Indigenous, Latino or Asian American — who are victims of violence because of their identities. Read More

Identity Prayer

By Sister Joyce Kahle, CPPS
Creator God, in your Divine love and graciousness, you blessed us each with our own identities and yet we are all created in your image and are part of one human family. You love each one of us unconditionally and have given us the potential to be unique reflections of your great love. We praise you for the Mystery that you are and the splendor of your creation. Help us to grow in our knowledge and love of our own uniqueness and gifts so that we may reflect that special aspect of your love to those around us.

Christ Jesus, Eternal Word of God, you walked among us, proclaiming the good news of God’s love and showing us concrete ways to love our neighbor. You shed your precious blood out of love for each one of us without exception. Open our hearts to love one another as you taught us and to accept the identities of others without bias or judgment. Read More

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