God's mercy and faithfulness
shine forth in a world
wounded by sin.
He has sent His beloved Son
who became one of us, and gave up His life,
to set us free, to make us a new creation
and to gather together all things in Himself
for the glory of His Father.
(From the Society's Constitutions)
And what is at the heart of this act of liberation, this gift of salvation?
It is God’s incomprehensible love for us. A love that is free. A love we do not have to work for or deserve but which accepts us just as we are. A love that took on our flesh and blood, our weakness and vulnerability, our powerlessness in the face of death. A love that is inexhaustible, like a torrent of water that will never run dry.
(Clare Pratt rscj, Superior General 2000-08)