The name JPIC stands for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. The name itself witnesses to the connection between these three issues. Thus, we cannot properly work for justice, peace and care for Earth without caring for all three.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free… (Luke 4:18).
•JPIC is the conscious prayer and action to transform the world in the spirit of the Gospel through lives of justice, peace and care for the integrity of creation.
•SPIRITAN JPIC project is an attempt to live out the charism and identity of the Congregation’s Founders as well as our Congregation’s Spirituality.
How JPIC arose in Church
•Vatican Council II
–Pontifical Commission on Justice and Peace
•Catholic Social Teaching
•Mission of Jesus (Lk 4)
–Preach good news poor, set captives free, sight to blind,…
•Judgment Scene (Mt 25)
–Give drink to the thirsty, feed hungry, clothe naked, visit sick in those in prison
*Jesus Washes Disciples Feet (Jn 13)
Vatican II: Church in the Modern World
•Solidarity of the Church with the whole human family
1. The joy and hope, the grief and anguish of all in our time, especially the poor or afflicted in any way,
Paul VI—Pontifical Commission for Justice and Peace
•“You represent for us the realization of the last vote of the Council (GS 90). Today, as in the past, once the construction of a Church or bell tower is finished, a rooster is placed on the top as a symbol of vigilance, for the faith and for the entire program of Christian life.
•“In similar fashion the Committee has been placed on top of the spiritual building of the Council, and its mission is none other than that of keeping the eyes of the Church open, its heart sensitive and its hand prepared for the work of charity which it is called upon to realize in the world…”
Mission to the Church
•We are called to be attentive to what is happening around us, to hear the cries of the world in which we live and to see life with the eyes of God.
A Sensitive Heart
•The work of seeing, becoming acquainted with and getting to know the reality of the poor, it must have an effect on us, it must reach down to the depths of our being, to the heart, and move us to compassion.
Hand ready for work of charity
•Charity is the love of God which we are called to make present in the world. Charity has different dimensions depending on the relationships:
•“political charity” expresses itself in social, structural or political relationships
•JPIC has a special calling to promote political charity, which seeks to eliminate the causes of poverty and violence. Its ready hand should foster the integral development of those sectors of society that are weakest and most marginalized, and work to transform the existing “structures of sin” which impoverish the lives of so many people.
Catholic Social Teaching
•Catholic Social Teaching has highlighted the dignity of people as the basis for promotion and defense of their human rights, solidarity and care for creation.