Social Justice

Respect Life, Dignity, and Justice for all God’s People

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.”  Jeremiah 1:4

During Respect Life Month (October), focus on respecting life, dignity, and justice for the born and unborn.  What will you do when you see life, dignity, and justice threatened?

  • Threats to human life include abortion, reproductive technology, euthanasia, cloning, embryonic stem cell research, the death penalty, war, the environment (Creation), and more.
  • Threats to human dignity include poverty, hunger, homelessness, work without living wages, unaffordable medical care, and more.

God loves each human life from the instant of conception.  God entrusts the gifts of life, dignity, and justice to our protection as mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and neighbors.  

For example,

Abortion ends the life of an unborn child.       It offends God and wounds the men and women involved.

  • How do you respect God and life as a steward of human life? 
Read!  Learn more about Catholic Teaching on Abortion.  See our Catechism at USCCB.org and read https://tinyurl.com/CST-Abortion.

Human reproductive technology and human embryonic stem cell research ends the life of more unborn humans than abortion.  It offends God, takes Him out of creation of human life, and wounds the men and women involved.

Read!  Learn more about Catholic Teaching on Reproductive Technology and Stem Cell Research.  See our Catechism at USCCB.org and read https://tinyurl.com/CST-IVF  and https://tinyurl.com/CST-StemCell 

Execution ends the life of a human being.   The Catholic Church, Pope Francis, and our U.S. and Texas Bishops are against execution.  

  • God's view is in scripture (He didn't kill Cain after the murder of Abel ... and God actually protected Cain … Genesis 4).
  • Jesus halted an execution (John 8:1-11).
  • Read!  Learn more about Catholic Teaching on Execution.  See our Catechism at USCCB.org and read https://tinyurl.com/CST-Execution

Poverty, homelessness, and hunger affect the life and dignity of tens of millions of human beings every single day – mostly because of human injustice.   

  • Scripture has over 2,000 verses about poverty, oppression, and injustice.
  •  Jesus focused on the vulnerable and outcasts, with whom He walked, talked, taught, comforted, healed, and fed. 
  • Jesus lived in solidarity with the poor.
Read!  Learn more about Catholic Teaching on life, dignity, and justice.  See our Catechism at USCCB.org and read https://tinyurl.com/CST-Overview

There are many other Human Life, Dignity, and Justice Issues that we must work on with our Bishops.  Jesus’ work to build God’s Kingdom on earth continues -- a just society living in holiness. 

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

  • Work for justice in God’s Kingdom on Earth!  
  • Participate in Respect Life events in the bulletin. 
  • Join the Social Justice Ministry to help solve root causes of injustice (Robert Torres at SocialJustice@gscc.net ).

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 during poverty awareness month (January), 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)! 
  • Working with Catholic Charities, we have helped 14 people move into shelter and begin the journey from crisis to stability to thriving!

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

Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

 

 

Catholic Social Teaching has seven principlesforbuilding a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society.  It is built upon Scripture and Church Tradition. 

Jesus’ work to build God’s Kingdom (a just society living in holiness) on earth continues. 

  • Learn more 
  • Read:  Isaiah 58:6-7
  • Read:  Matthew 9:13
  • Read:  Matthew 25:33ff
  • How do you help build the Kingdom of God on Earth? 
  • How do you live the words of God and Jesus? 
  • Who does Jesus stands with?

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 (14 people sheltered to date)! 

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! 

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. 
 

Protect and Support Refugee Families 

Learn and Act!

 

Act!  Help locally!

 

                      

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!