Social Justice Issues
1. Human Solidarity…we are all brothers and sisters ! ?
Together we pray along with Pope Francis who sent this message to President Trump
"At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding far-sighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation's commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide," - the Message reads - "Under your leadership, may America's stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door."
Call to holiness: new exhortation letter of Pope Francis
Excerpt: 14. To be holy does not require being a bishop, a priest or a religious. We are frequently tempted to think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in pr That is not the case. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves. Are you called to the consecrated life? Be holy by living out your commitment with joy. Are you married? Be holy by loving and caring for your husband or wife, as Christ does for the Church. Do you work for a living? Be holy by labouring with integrity and skill in the service of your brothers and sisters. Are you a parent or grandparent? Be holy by patiently teaching the little ones how to follow Jesus. Are you in a position of authority? Be holy by working for the common good and renouncing personal gain.
2. Human Trafficking
"Therefore, we declare on each and every one of our creeds that modern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution, and organ trafficking, is a crime against humanity…” Pope Francis
Enjoy this video: “the world of wonder”
We want to create a civilization of live–political, economic and cultural-not one of hate and greed. we want a society that is more humane, worthy of us as persons and true. From this will emerge the communal will to protect the environment. Pope Francis “On Care for Our Common Home”/ Laudato Si #231
Ten takeaways from the Encyclical from America Magazine by Fr. James Martin, SJ June 2015
4. Participate in this group: Catholic ClimateCovenant
Prayer requested by Pope Francis for inspiration to take up the commitment to creation set before us by the Gospel cited in Laudato Si.
Prayer for Our Earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace,that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it.
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction
touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature
as we journey toward your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.