In these first days of 2021, we have experienced distress, dismay and disbelief. The world watched as rioters stormed the Capitol Building of the United States. Lives were lost, people injured and the President of the USA responsible for inviting and encouraging the aggression and violence. Members of Congress, perhaps now more than ever, must not only verbalize but also choose to act on the values they stand for as persons who serve in government for the people and by the people.
As Sisters of Saint Francis of the Providence of God, we are committed to proclaim the Gospel message of nonviolence and peace. Today we add our voice to that of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and stand with the other more than 1300 leaders of Catholic sisters nationwide as we affirm this statement.
Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Statement
“The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) joins with the world in praying for peace after witnessing the violence and lawlessness yesterday in our nation’s capital. We are deeply concerned about the state of our country and the future of our democracy. Our hearts ached as we watched these despicable actions that threaten not only to destroy the seat of our government but to rend the bonds that unite us. We commend and thank the members of Congress who courageously continued their service to the nation last night even amid the chaos.
In our increasingly divided nation, we renew our commitment to the common good and pledge to take up the challenge to use our energy to repair our democracy and contribute to the work of building a more perfect union. We invite all people of good will to join us and we call on our elected leaders to point the way.”