For more than 180 years, the Sisters of Charity in Australia have worked to build a more just and compassionate world by advocating for people who are marginalised and oppressed. In continuing their work, we are guided by the example of Jesus, who welcomed all, included all and loved all without limit or conditions.
Pope Francis says “love makes us similar. It creates equality, it breaks down walls and eliminates distances.” The value of Love was gifted to us by the Sisters of Charity, and we must strive to live it every day. Love is made real through actions and our words.
Our Catholic tradition teaches us that all people are created in the image and likeness of God, and that every person has inherent dignity and worth as a beloved child of God. Yet, we know that too many LGBTQIA+ people feel shame, despair and question their identity and place in society. And as a community – a loving, just, merciful community – we can do something about that.
Pope Francis reminds us that we must work harder to have “openness to ‘the other’ as a face, as a person, as a brother or sister to know and respect, with all of their history, merits and defects, riches and limits.”
Love, welcome and hospitality begins with us.
At assembly this week, our Mission Captains shared this prayer with our community:
Creator of all people, made perfect and beautiful in your image.
Teach us to love people, just as they are.
Teach us to accept people, just as they are.
Help us to build a strong, safe, welcoming community where all people are seen, known and loved.
May we walk in solidarity with LGBTQI+ people, listening, respecting and supporting them every day, recognising the gifts they bring to make our community whole.
In faith and love we pray.