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Social Justice and our Vincentian Spirituality

October 28, 2019

 "Love embraces justice." St. Vincent de Paul

Social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal access and opportunity, particularly those in greatest need. Vincentian spirituality is centered on service to the poor in order to love them as brothers and sisters. These two ideas go hand in hand.

This past week Sister Margaret Louise Brown, D.C., Director of the Office of Social Justice Advocacy, gave an inspiring presentation to the entire Epiphany staff on a somewhat little-known aspect of our Vincentian Spirituality… its relationship to Social Justice in today’s world.

Sister Margaret Louise had us share the most critical economic, social and political issues facing us today. Responses included poverty, economic inequality, racism, and access to education and healthcare. Sister next asked us how Saint Vincent De Paul called each of us to serve those who are marginalized, both in our professional and personal lives.

There are two ways to do this. The first is through direct service, which is what Epiphany Center does by providing therapy, rehabilitation and other social work services. And direct service takes place outside of our busy work days as well. This can be seen in volunteering, cooking for others, taking in the trash bins of a disabled neighbor, or even listening to family and friends with understanding and empathy.

The second way is being a “voice for the voiceless.” For example, supporting a woman who is suffering domestic violence abuse and helping her increase her safety, perhaps connecting her to domestic violence service providers, is a way to advocate for and be a voice for those not strong enough to speak on their behalf. The goal is to speak so they get justice – not to speak so
we can be heard. In order to follow this call, first we must listen – then we can amplify their voice!