In union with all the faithful, Redemptorists are on the Church’s pilgrimage of conversion. Over the last 50 years, a conversion to justice has been a notable part of that pilgrimage.
In earlier times, an undue emphasis on the life to come meant an under-emphasis on life here and now. It was as if the followers of Christ could not see any relationship between the Good News of their Lord and the bad news surrounding the world’s poor and suffering. The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and the pontificate of Pope Paul VI (1963-1978) significantly moved the Church’s way of thinking.
The seeds of this new awareness were planted in the pontificate of Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903) in the late nineteenth century and it has since grown into a mighty tree. The Church of the mid twentieth century and since could not but climb into that tree and declare its hand on behalf of the poor and the downtrodden.
As these things were happening, Redemptorists also have found themselves exposed to the Gospel of justice, and with all the faithful, have been exploring more authentic ways of sharing the Good News of their Lord.
Since working for justice is a constitutive part of proclaiming the Good News, care must be taken to ensure that our preaching of the Gospel always contains a clear concern for justice issues, and to integrate these concerns into every stage of formation and the apostolate.(Statutes of the Australian Redemptorists, Province of Canberra, No. 11)