Julie Schiffer: Sister Dorothy Stang

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Julie Schiffer: Sister Dorothy Stang

-Sister Dorothy decided at a young age that she would devote her life to God by becoming a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur-She had a deep desire to become a missionary-In 1948 she entered the community and in 1956 she proffessed her final vows-From 1951 to 1966 she taught elementary classes at St. Victor School in Calamet, Il , St Alexander School in Villa Park, Il and Most Holy Trinity in Phoenix, AZ-She began her ministry in Brazil in 1966

"I don't want to flee, nor do I want to abandon the battle of these farmers who live without any protection in the forest. They have the sacrosanct right to aspire to a better life on land where they can live and work with dignity while respecting the environment." - Sister Dorothy

Matthew 5:5-12Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Justice in the WorldSynod of Bishops 1971"Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel, or, in other words, of the Church's mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation""Our relationship to our neighbor is bound up with our relationship to God; our response to the love of God, saving us through Christ, is shown to be effective in his love and service of people. Christian love of neighbor and justice cannot be separated."

Works Cited"The Expanded Story of Sister Dorothy Stang." Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur. Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur, 2010. Web. 25 Apr. 2015."Justice in the World." Education for Justice. Synod of Bishops, 1971. Web. 26 Apr. 2015."Sister Dorothy." Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur. Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur, 2010. Web. 25 Apr. 2015."Sister Dorothy Stang". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online.Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2015. Web. 23 Apr. 2015

Julie Schiffer

-Sister Dorothy's life was devoted to achieving just treatment for the farmers who lived in the region of Brazil where she served, she was living out God's plan for her by living in loving relationships with those whom she served-She also advocated for protecting the Amazon rain forests because she knew how beneficial they were to God's earth, by advocating for the care of the earth, Sister Dorothy was living out God's call to a just and loving relationship with him-Her work relates to the foundational principle of respect for private property because she spoke up on behalf of farmers, whose land was going to be taken away by the government-Sister Dorothy's cause also relates to respect for human dignity becuase she saw the value of those whom she helped, unlike those who were being oppressive-Her life demonstrates how God's justice reflects His mercy because she took mercy on those who killed her by reading to them from the Bible and praying for them in her final moments-As a member of the Church and a missionary in Brazil, she was a testament to being in communion with God and God's will throughout her life because of her devotion to him from a young age-She demonstrated the unity of the whole human race by being a missionary in Brazil and by inspiring people throughout the world-I can continue her legacy in creating just and loving relationships by helping and serving others, treating all people as equal to me, and by loving and advocating for all of my neighbors

Sister Dorothy Stang June 7, 1931- February 12, 2005


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