Human Rights Day, December 10, 2017, reminds Augustinian friars that they are called to take a stand to defend and promote the basic human rights and human dignity of all persons.
Augustinians invite and encourage all who identify with Augustinian spirituality and traditions to do likewise.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights Turns 70
Human Rights Day 2017 marks the start of a year-long celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration was developed by representatives of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds from all regions of the world. It was adopted December 10, 1948.
The Declaration resonates closely with traditional Catholic Christian teaching on the dignity and worth of every human person, following the words and example of Jesus Christ. This document has encouraged many national governments to act to protect and promote human rights and human dignity, thus building a more just society.
Our Challenge Today
The promise of the Universal Declaration has not yet been fully realized. Today, extreme bigotry, hatred and disrespect for basic human rights and human life are causing great fear in many parts of the world.
We are challenged to continue to stand up for human rights. Many small actions can promote worldwide change.
And, as Jesus said, “. . . whatever you did for one of these least brothers or sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)
The Augustinians of the Midwest invite you to observe Human Rights Day by learning, praying, speaking and acting to ensure that basic human rights are respected everywhere.
▸ Augustinian Human Rights Day Prayer
▸ YouTube: Universal Declaration of Human Rights