Social justice


Against human trafficking.. Gracious God: We raise our voices in anguished prayer for our sisters and brothers, women and girls, men and boys who are modern-day slaves.  They are your beloved daughters and sons, exploited sexually or forced to work because of human violence and greed.  Fill us with your holy anger and your sacred passion that those who are trafficked might know healing and justice, that traffickers will come to repentance and conversion, that all of us might live in such a way that others are not made to pay the price for our comfort and convenience.  Amen.  May it be so! (Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ in Friars of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, 2018: 1123; edited).

For justice…  We lift up a humble prayer for peace, for wisdom, for justice in our land, for a mother fighting for her son.  A son born of this soil, of this land; a son with a disability, a handicap.  A mother fighting for him; for others, too; for herself; for those like her, those like us.  A minister; a congregation; a church; a family fighting for justice, sanctuary, refuge, knowing the way of Christ, the calling to the least, the last, the lost like them.  A country large enough, generous enough to be gentle, to be kind, to be just.

May that spirit of Jesus Christ dwell in the hearts of our leaders; see through the letter, the language of flawed law; rise above the law to its spirit— our creed, our belief in justice— and do the right, the inexpedient, the just.  Amen (Raymond A. Foss in U. S. Catholicedited).


“Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality” (President John F. Kennedy).

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.).

“Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with and, perhaps, the most
dangerous thing for a society to be without” (William Sloane Coffin, Jr.).

“Each time we face fear we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing” (President Theodore Roosevelt).

“The easiest way to make an impact in your community is just to be kind” (Joshua Williams).

Fight, therefore, with great determination.  Do not let the weakness of your nature be an excuse.  If your strength fails you, ask more from God.  He will not refuse your request.  Consider this: If the fury of your enemies is great and their numbers overwhelming, the love which God holds for you is infinitely greater.  The angel who protects you and the saints who intercede for you are more numerous (Dom Lorenzo Scupoli in Spiritual Combat).

Find what’s wrong.  Don’t ignore it— don’t look the other way.  You make a point to look at it and say to yourself, “What can I do to make a difference?” (Susan Bro).

Genuine tolerance does not mean ignoring differences as if differences made no difference.  Genuine tolerance means engaging differences within a bond of civility and respect” (Richard John Neuhaus).

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us” (St. Augustine of Hippo).

“Hold fast to the will of God and, with all your heart, fight the good fight under the leadership of Jesus” (St. Andrew Kim Taegon).

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear (Nelson Mandela).

I speak not for myself but for those without voice… those who have fought for their rights… their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated (Malala Yousafza).

“I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people” (Rosa Parks).

In my America, our lives are all intertwined; our fates depend on one another.  In moments of crisis and peril, we do everything we can to save each other.  We shoulder one another’s pain.  And we acknowledge, respect, and work toward solving what’s causing that pain in the first place (Wes Moore).

“Inclusion to me is walking up to someone and being yourself and having a full conversation with them and getting to know them as who they are” (Sarah Greichen).

Inclusion works to the advantage of everyone.  We all have things to learn and we all have something to teach (Helen Henderson).

“It is easier to reach our potential when we learn the value of including others in our quest” (John R. Wooden).

“It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.).

“A leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own” (Beth Revis).

“Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” (Martin Luther King, Jr.).

“May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right” (Peter Marshall).

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.).

“Only a life lived for others is worth living” (Albert Einstein).

Our identity as a nation, unlike other nations, is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood. … This means that people from every race, religion, ethnicity can be full and equally American.  It means that bigotry and white supremacy, in any form, is blasphemy against the American creed (President George W. Bush).

“Our task must be to widen our circle of compassion, to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty” (Albert Einstein).

Peace is a work of justice; it does not come about by a display of superior strength or military might.  In fact, it can be argued that those who “live among social outcasts, among the poor and helpless, the sick and the lepers, and those who beg by the wayside” most truly effect the cause of peace and justice by changing society at its very roots: its people.  Make a sign of peace today in some small way.  Help to effect a change in the world with an act of justice and love (Pat McCloskey, OFM in Peace and Good: Through the Year with Francis of Assisi).

“Racism is man’s gravest threat to man— the maximum of hatred for the minimum of reason” (Abraham Joshua Heschel).

“Real strength is not just a condition of one’s muscle, but a tenderness in one’s spirit” (McCallister Dodds).

“There’s a difference between doing things right and doing the right thing” (Chris Fussell).

“When you don’t have a connection with people who don’t have a lot, it becomes a lot easier to take away what little they have” (Terrence McCoy).


Break Bread Not Families – McAllen – 7.4.18



















Caravan Against Fear – Alamo – 4.26.17









No Border Wall March – La Lomita Mission Park – Mission – 8.12.17





















Links of interest…  5 ways Catholics can take action to help immigrant families…   ACLU…  An authentic life…  Beatitudes: happiness / peacemakers…  Being a companion through the mystery of suffering…  Benefits of taking notes by hand…  Call of service: A witness to idealismbook review / preview / servant leadership / spirituality & practice / summary…  Call to Action  (CTA chapters – email updates – RGV facebook)…  Called to serve anyway…  Church says one thing. My conscience disagrees. So what do I do…  Courage is the virtue we need…  Dorothy Day as seen by her granddaughter / biography / bookdifferent kind of saint /  her impact on justicemodel you want…  Failed moral leadership & people filling the void…  Father Rey Piñeda, DACA priest…  God doesn’t see things from our perspective…  How to change the Church from within…  Journalism as an act of grace…  Keep “Dream Act” free of strings…  KKK chased my grandfather from the U.S., but he returned…  Meet the “chaplain of the low riders”…  Migrant children in search of justice…  MLK 2018…  Model for committed lay life dedicated to peace, prayer, & justice…  My Christian manifesto for surviving dark times…  National Catholic Reporter: Justice Action Bulletin…  Quote Investigator (JFK)…  Racial justice activists want Catholic leaders to act…  Racism in America & Catholicism…  Rough Translation (NPR)…  Show me the way to go home…  Sierra Club…  Sisters of Charity (Convent Station, NJ)…  Texas Observer…  “This is just the beginning of Heather’s legacy:” Mourning & a call to action…  There will be no miracles here…  To rebuild relationships with LGBT Catholics, just talk…  Transformed in love…  Trump’s ignoring our real “national emergies”…  U.S. Catholic…  What Theo Wilson learned about white supremacists…  Why social justice matters…  Young people make their voices heard

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