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Social Justice

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.


(1 Corinthians 12: 4-6)



Pray, See, Do

Allowing social justice to sit at the core of your spiritual life means that you must become an observant opportunist. See the people that pass through your life. Look at the social structures that you support. In every encounter, if you look, you may see an opportunity to use your gifts to be a carrier of Christ’s loving justice. In today’s Gospel we can see Mary as an opportunist. She became the agent that began the revelation of God’s glory in Christ by noticing a problem and going to Him for a solution. This weekend we are also celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.–another of Christ’s observant opportunists. He interrupted the life of a nation, using Jesus Christ as a model who “rose above his environment” to be “an extremist for love, truth, and goodness.” One need not look far in the history of our nation, our Church, our world, and even our parish to find numerous other examples of witnesses to Christ’s love who do not pass up opportunities to be builders of loving and just communities. Pray for clear eyes and an open mind. Look around and do.

See the bulletin in the next few weeks for more about the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching. For more information on Social Justice and Social Justice Ministries at Saint Angela Merici Catholic Church contact Dena Lordi zb18@alumni.nd.edu.

Quotation from: King, Martin Luther. “Letter From a Birmingham Jail.” Birmingham Campaign | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and education Institute, Stanford University, 16 Apr. 1963, kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/letterbirmingham- jail.