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Catholic Social Teaching:

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leadership is vital to the work
for justice.

       

Prayer:

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help you accomplish the work
for justice.

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“Saint Francis of Assisi bears witness to the need to respect all that God has created and as he created it, without manipulating and destroying creation; rather to help it grow, to become more beautiful and more like what God created it to be. And above all, Saint Francis witnesses to respect for everyone, he testifies that each of us is called to protect our neighbor,that the human person is at the center of creation, at the place where God – our Creator – willed that we should be. Not at the mercy of the idols we have created! [...] From this City of Peace, I repeat with all the strength and the meekness of love: Let us respect creation, let us not be instruments of destruction! […] We turn to you, Francis, and we ask you: Obtain for us God’s gift of harmony, peace and respect for creation!” – from a homily by Pope Francis on the Feast of St.Francis.  Assisi, Italy October 4, 2013

 

IN FAITH WE PRAY FOR JUSTICE
For the right to those means which are suitable for proper development including food, clothing, shelter and rest…for the right to life, we pray.
God, in faith we struggle for justice
For the rights to medical care, social services and economic security, we pray.
God, in faith we struggle for justice.
For the rights to freedom of worship, speech, and assembly, we pray.
God, in faith we struggle for justice.
For the rights to education, professional training, and of freedom to follow one’s vocation, we pray.
God, in faith we struggle for justice.
For the rights to work, unionize, safe working conditions, just wages, and limited working hours, we pray.
God, in faith we struggle for justice.
For the rights to immigrate, emigrate, and to political participation, we pray.
God, in faith we struggle for justice.
And finally, for awareness of our corresponding obligations and duties which must be acknowledged and fulfilled in order that these fundamental rights demanded by human dignity might be realized, we pray.
God, in faith we struggle for justice.
AMEN
(Pope John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, 1961)
Education for Justice