Social Justice


Jesus is Raised

How will you continue to sacrifice after Lent? 

How about living the words of God and Jesus!

 

 

 

 

  •  “… the fasting that I wish … release those bound unjustly, untie the thongs of the yoke; set the oppressed free, break every yoke; cloth the naked when you see them, share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless!”  (Isaiah 58:6-7)
  • “Learn the meaning of … ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ (Matthew 9:13)
  • We pray “… Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth …”  -- How are you going to change the status quo?

Using Jesus as a model of heart and conduct, how will you fast and sacrifice in the way that God wants?  How will you be merciful?

If you are performing works of charity and mercy now, what more can you do? 

  • Work for justice in God’s Kingdom on Earth!  
  • Give 5 minutes a week to help our Bishops solve root causes of injustice in God’s Kingdom!
  • If you have more to give, join the Social Justice Ministry.
  • Help as we work with Catholic Charities to Shelter 1 homeless family (our 3rd)! 
  • Contact the Social Justice Ministry coordinator (Robert Torres at SocialJustice@gscc.net ).

Mercy

Mercy is not an abstract concept but a lifestyle.  A Christian who chooses to be merciful experiences true life and has "eyes to see, ears to listen, and hands to comfort!"

How sensitive or immune are you to the needs of the poor?

  •          Do you see pain, and do not touch it?
  •          Do you hear weeping, but do not comfort it?
  •          Do you see injustice, but say and do nothing about it?

‘As you did it to one of the least of my brethren, you did it to me.’ (or, if you ignore others you ignore Me)

Act!  Touch those in need!  Learn more:

If you are performing works of charity and mercy now, what more can you do?  Work for justice! 

INFORM AND FORM YOUR CONSCIENCE

Catholics must deal with many moral issues in an informed manner.  Our Bishops provide guidance on how to inform and form your conscience.  Review and act upon the following

  1. Forming Your Conscience

  2. Review issues and Catholic teaching

  3. Learn!  Review the following on the Bishops Web Site

    • Scripture (but learn the official teaching and meaning of the Word)

    • Catechism

    • Social Teaching

4.  Examine your conscience

5.  Pray!!!

6.  Fear no evil and trust in God!  (Psalm 23)

7.  Act!  Be compassionate, merciful, and work for Justice!

POVERTY AWARENESS

 Jesus taught “The Kingdom of God is at hand!”  (mentioned over 120 times in the Gospels)  Jesus focused on the vulnerable and outcasts, with whom He walked, talked, taught, comforted, healed, and fed.  Jesus lived in solidarity with the poor.  Do you?

  • "I want a Church which is poor and for the poor!" (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium)
  • Join the U.S. Bishops and the Catholic Community in the United States in taking up Pope Francis' challenge to live in solidarity with the poor!
  • Learn about the many issues of poverty and activities this month, e.g., dignity for workers, migration, care for creation, restorative justice, and many more. 

Act!  If you are performing works of charity now, what more can you do? 

  • Join with the Social Justice Ministry and Catholic Charities!
  • Help us Shelter 1 homeless family (was sleeping in a car)! 
  • Help set up an apartment!
  • Support financially ($33 = 1 day of CCFW shelter with a case manager, mentoring, job search, etc.; $99 = 3 days of shelter, etc.)!

Contact the Social Justice Ministry coordinator for details on how to get involved (Robert Torres, socialjustice@gscc.net   

Living  a Socially Just Life

THE LEAST OF MY BROTHERS (MATTHEW 25: 34FF)

‘I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ The corporal and spiritual works of mercy, commandments, beatitudes, and recent Church teachings give us concrete examples for how to love others. Consider what you can personally do (time, talent, treasure) - starting at home and reaching out to others via GSCC Connect Groups in Ministry.