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The mission of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ministry is to explore CSA's distinct contribution to the ongoing, nonviolent transformation of the world towards peace, justice and ecology. This work embraces the efforts of sisters, associates, co-workers and others who share the CSA vision. We live out the mission to bring about systemic change by using the lens of nonviolence to focus on the issues of women, children, health care, globalization (especially as it affects Latin America), seamless ethic of life.

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Election Prayer and More

November 03, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Fratelli Tutti and dove

The Exercise of Political Love

After the election results are in we may all be grateful that another election process is behind us, bit it is not a time to rest. Now the work that Pope Francis calls, "political charity" begins anew. 

"It is an act of charity to assist someone suffering, but it is also and act of charity, even if we do not know the person, to work to change the social conditions that caused his or her suffering. If someone helps an elderly person cross a river, that is a fine act of charity. The politician, on the other hand, builds a bridge, and that too is an act of charity. While one person can help another by providing something to eat, the politician creates a job for that other person, and thus practices a lofty form of charity that ennobles his or her political activity." #186

Let us encourage, support, and when needed, challenge our elected officials to be diligent in the exercise of political love for the common good.


 

Post Election Resources

What if a US presidential candidate refuses to concede after an election?


If the 2020 US presidential election is close, the race could drag on in the courts and halls of Congress long after ballots are cast, says lawyer and political commentator Van Jones. Explaining why the customary concession speech is one of the most important safeguards for democracy, Jones exposes shocking legal loopholes that could enable a candidate to grab power even if they lose both the popular vote and the electoral college -- and shares what ordinary citizens can do if there's no peaceful transfer of power.

Watch now »


Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate invites Catholics to pledge civility, clarity, and compassion in the public square and to call on others to do so as well. As Catholics, our strong tradition of social teaching compels us to be actively engaged in the building up of our communities. While the materials were specifically intended for this election year, the content is pertinent to any form of human discourse. 

Prayer:

Read and reflect on Roman 8:35-39

Reflect on the words of the French philosopher, who wrote:

"In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. 
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all that...
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy.
For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger -- something better, pushing right back."


Blessing:  (United Methodist Bishop Woodie White)

 " And now, 
May the Lord torment you.
May the Lord keep before you the a faces of the hungry, the lonely, the rejected and the despised.
May the Lord afflict you with pain for the hurt, the wounded, the oppressed, the abused, the victims of violence.
May God grace you with agony, a burning thirst for justice and righteousness..
May the Lord give you courage and strength and compassion to make ours a better world, to make our community a better community, to make your church a better church.
And may you do your best to make its so, and after you have done your best, may the Lord grant you peace" Amen

 

 

Military Budget

From Pax Christi:

"It is unjustifiable that the FY2020 Department of Defense budget amounts to more than $700 billion. Currently, half of our personal federal income tax dollars each year (not including Social Security taxes) goes to military-related expenses, including debt from prior wars. How much income tax did you pay last year? Let’s say your federal income tax return last year showed $4,000 in federal taxes. This would mean $2000 of it would immediately be allocated to military-related expenses before all other national priorities. It’s also worth noting that if you received a $1200 “check from President Trump,” it is less than you contributed to military spending."

With an uncontrolled pandemic affecting the lives and livelihoods of so so many people, it is time to examine the amount of resources that we pour into the military to create and sustain weapons that we hope we will neve use. Contact your Congressional representatives urging them to redirect budget priorities to dealing with the epidemic, providing adequate healthcare, creating climate friendly jobs, and assisting the unemployed. Ask for at least a 10% decrease in the military budget.

 

Care of the Earth

 Mother Earth is crying
 
I am crying out and you do not hear
My ice is melting.
The seas are rising.
Earth is burning.
I have sent thousands of lightning strikes
still you do not listen nor,
do you change your ways
Unprecedented storms are destroying crops,
destroying homes and businesses
COVID is a living organ is,
calling out for accountability
What more must I do to get your attention,
to change your ways?
I will survive with or without you.
I am crying out for your survival,
are you listening?
 
Sr. Diane Smith, CSJ

 

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