An important part of life is to know what we stand for. Care, dignity and respect are core values of our Pacific community. At our core, we are challenged to have the courage and compassion to care for all people, to respect and value the dignity of all including ourselves and to respect the richness of the world and to care for it. This requires us to be outward looking and see ourselves as in and with people and an interdependent part of community and the environment. Having these values as core, provides us with a strong centre from which we can exert agency and stand and act. Having these values at our core enables us to pause and reflect on the strengths of others and the abundance we have been gifted.
Showing integrity and living consistently with these values at all times can be challenging. Reflection around how our daily interactions and actions have echoed these values will often see us recognise that at times, we haven’t taken the opportunity to speak up for someone or been as thoughtful as we could. At these times we are invited to ask for God’s forgiveness and guidance to grow in our capacity to live and act with care, dignity and respect. Through God’s grace we are renewed to grow in our courage and capacity to stand up for the dignity of all and shine the light on what is good.