For the 10th year in a row, the Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross have been marking November 25 as a Day of Prayer and Reflection for the purpose of combating human trafficking. The Commission under the General Leadership in Switzerland – founded precisely with the intention of encouraging and unifying the commitment of the Members of the International Congregation for victims of human trafficking, especially for young women and girls who make up about 80 percent of the victims – sends material every year to the Coordinators of individual provinces and vicariates, who adopt it to the situations on each continent or country they live in. The Sisters in all communities pray for the victims and for the end of human trafficking.
Faithful to the Founders and the Institute’s Charism, the Sisters pray for people in slavery, who are exploited, humiliated and abused. In the Constitutions of the Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross we can read: “Every man who suffers hardship is our neighbour. Whether his or her trouble is big or small, it is a call to a Sister of Mercy.“
The Sisters are also listening to God’s call on how to implement today the motto of the Congregation: “The need of the time is the will of God.“
In connection to this Day of the Congregation, Sr. Victoria Šimić, Coordinator of Croatian Province of the Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross, on 24 November, had a talk in the parish church of St Martin in Bošnjaci on human trafficking before the evening Mass and led the prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament afterwards for the victims and to end the human trafficking.