- Sr Siobhán
Reflection for the Feast of Fr. Victor Braun
As we celebrate the Feast of our holy founder, Fr. Victor Braun today, I am encouraged to once again reflect on his founding vision and desire to care for the most vulnerable. The words of (Isaiah 55.11) spring to mind ‘’The word that goes forth from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do.’ Fr. Braun was familiar with these words and moved by compassion gathered our founding Sisters around him to support the most abused women in society. Sadly, today, the need to journey with women at risk is no less than it was at the earliest days of our foundation.
Prostitution and the trafficking of young girls and women for sexual exploitation continues across the globe. The physical, emotional and spiritual violence endured by all women who are degraded in this way is incomprehensible. In our modern society, we may not see as many women soliciting on the streets as brothels, hotels, private homes and escort agencies accommodate this illegal exchange of cash for sex. Women continue to be derided and prosecuted while the exploiters walk free.
As ever, the soaring cost of living impacts most severely on the poor. Governments remains silent in their response and do not fulfil their moral duty to challenge the suppliers of utilities whose profits have exploded while the poor go hungry. Some women may feel pushed into prostitution to support their families. No woman freely choses prostitution but dire circumstances may leave her vulnerable to this ultimate humiliation. The anguish of spirit that she endures is only know to herself and her God. Fortunately, some women receive appropriate support and are empowered to leave this soul-destroying trade behind and to reclaim their beautiful dignity as daughters of the Lord.
May we Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary inspired by our founder intercede for all women at risk. May we support local, global and on-line campaigns to raise awareness of this issue. Opportunities to volunteer at support services may be available or we may seek out alternative ways to offer practical help to care for our sisters in need. May all women know the love and protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary upon them.