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Looking on our world with the eyes of Claudine and responding to its miseries
Gazing upon our world with Claudine’s eyes, being moved as she was by the suffering around her, we beg for the grace to be moved to COMPASSION and ACTION as she was. We are invited to explore the depths of that compassion in ourselves.
We, the ICM (Cœur Immaculé de Marie/Immaculate Heart of Mary) Sisters and RJMs (Religious of Jesus and Mary) started our three day visit to the south on 24th August. We were 7 sisters (6 ICM and 1 RJM) with two cars (1 sent by the Parish Priest of the Holy Family Church, Toi Raque and the other from us RJMs). Since we were a big group, even two cars were not enough to take the people plus all the supplies. We requested that HAITI TRANSPORT send us a small truck, which they did. Haiti Transport is providing this service free of charge to all the Congregations or Organizations taking aid to the south of the country. They were a group of 3 men, a driver and 2 helpers. One sat with the driver and the other at the back to guard the supplies. In total we were 12 people...
August 14, 2021, 8:30 AM is a day and time that the people of southwest Haiti will not soon forget. Nor will the rest of the world, as we watched in horror and heartbreak as the first images of the earthquake's damage emerged.
While the 4 Religious of Jesus and Mary currently in-country are fine, all felt the earthquake's tremors and shaking, especially our 2 RJMs in Port-au-Prince which is only 90 miles from the southwestern area impacted.
It all started with Covid 19 and the request by the governor of Rhode Island to wear a mask in public. We quickly realized that the paper version we had received at the last doctor’s appointment would not survive a week. This realization led us to the trusty Internet —source of all useful information. There we discovered sewing patterns for face masks that met the governor’s recommendations.
Our country, our CA community of different faiths, different colors, different cultures, young and old from near and far - some from Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego - all gathered this Friday night and Saturday in various parts of San Diego to show solidarity and compassion with the immigrants especially the children.
St. Claudine Thévenet, foundress of the Religious of Jesus and Mary, encouraged the sisters in her community to live this excerpt from the Pious Association of the Sacred Heart's Rule of Life: "When we go alone on a long and difficult journey, we soon grow weary ... on the contrary, when several go together, they walk with assurance, courage, and fresh support."
Bearing this in mind, St. Claudine sent the sisters out on mission, and the Religious of Jesus and Mary remain a mission community 200 years after their founding.
The pillar is in Chicano Park under the Coronado Bridge. It depicts the immigrants who have worked in our fields to harvest the food on our table, immigrants who have constructed our buildings, immigrant children who have studied in our schools and religious education programs, immigrants who have died crossing the border through the desert to provide a better life for themselves and their families. The Border Angels have been a presence in the community and along the border wall extending love and compassion - "love has no borders".