My church has asked those who are interested to come and listen to a talk on Peace and Justice.
Our speaker is from the Office of Peace and Justice from our local archdiocese.
I was encouraged to attend so I did and found myself challenged in a whole new way.
Our speaker asked us to reflect on our parish as "to it's commitment to recognize and fulfill it's obligations of justice and charity in society."
Didn't take long to discern that we do a great job in the area of charity but very little to anything in regards to justice.
It was an unsettling thought for I didn't think that justice was a separate entity to charity.
"Social justice concerns the social, political, and economic aspects and, above all, the structural dimension of problems and their respective solutions."
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.
Examples of Social Justice
Remove Root Causes; Improve Structures:
* Expand access to affordable housing
* Work to improve the education system
* Support environmental protection laws
* Participate in a living wage campaign
* Promote peace
* Advocate for international assistance
Examples of Charitable Works
Meet Basic Needs; Aid Individuals
* Volunteer at homeless shelters
* Tutor children
* Assist women who face a crisis pregnancy
* Participate in a community beautification program
* Donate to food pantries and clothing closets
* Sponsor a refugee family
* Raise money for an overseas development project
"The Church cannot neglect the service of charity any more than she can neglect the Sacraments and the Word. Those who are able to make offerings in accordance with their means...to support orphans, widows, the sick, and those who for other reasons find themselves in need, such as prisoners and foreigners."
Pope Benedict XV!, Deus Caritas Est., no 22
What does your church do to fight for justice?