The Adrian Dominican Sisters have long been engaged, individually and communally, in efforts to protect the integrity of creation and bring about a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. The Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation coordinates these efforts by bringing to light injustices and recommending ways to take action.
Pope Francis is dedicating this Lenten season to the poor.
Pope Francis has chosen the theme for his Lenten message, and few people are surprised. The theme will be, "He became poor so, that by His poverty you might become rich."
In his announcement for his Lenten theme, Pope Francis stated:
“Lent is a favourable season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered us by the Church: fasting, prayer and almsgiving. At the basis of everything is the word of God, which during this season we are invited to hear and ponder more deeply. I would now like to consider the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (cf. Lk 16:19-31). Let us find inspiration in this meaningful story, for it provides a key to understanding what we need to do in order to attain true happiness and eternal life. It exhorts us to sincere conversion.”
Click here to read the full text of Pope Francis’s message.
Lenten Resources, 2017
The Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns has developed this 2017 Lenten Reflection Guide. Entitled "A Journey with Gospel Nonviolence", the guide offers reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week's Gospel reading and the written reflections and recorded discussions by the 83 Catholic peacemakers who attended the Nonviolence and Just Peace conference in Rome in April 2016.
Living Lent Daily | Loyola Press, Jesuit Ministry
This Lent, foster a daily practice of spiritual calm where God is at the center. Living Lent Daily is a daily e-mail series delivering fresh reflections based on the Scriptures of Lent.
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Living Lent Daily begins March 1, 2017.
Additional resource: U.S. Catholic Lenten Reflections
Resources and actions for the first 100 days:
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, together with their justice center, have created and shared a calendar called "100 Days of Prayer.” The idea is to include a daily prayer in keeping with the new administration’s first 100 days in office. The content encourages unity and reconciliation and offers support to people who may be vulnerable to policy changes. The prayers are short - only about 12 words long - so that they easily fit into a square on a calendar, and be remembered throughout the day. The third installment for February can be viewed and downloaded here.
Stay current with what is happening in Congress. The new administration has promised to make many changes such as repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The Bridge Act
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced they are introducing bipartisan legislation to protect young undocumented individuals should the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program be discontinued. U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) are original cosponsors of the bill.
Like DACA, the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act would provide temporary relief from deportation and work authorization to young undocumented individuals who were brought to the United States as children. Learn more.
Network, Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center, and 8th Day Center for Justice are organizations that provide alerts and information to stay current with Congress and take action on legislation that you want to voice your opinion about.
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Statement from the Global Catholic Climate Movement:
The Paris Climate Agreement was a historic achievement. Every single country in the world, 195 countries, signed an unprecedented treaty to tackle the climate crisis.
But now a single man, Donald Trump, is playing with our futures by threatening to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement. To make it worse, he already nominated dangerous climate deniers for his cabinet. Exactly the contrary of what Pope Francis is asking.
That is why we join the U.S. Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Climate Covenant to urge Trump, with the petition below, to accept climate science and protect creation before it’s too late.
PLEASE, SIGN THE PETITION!
At one end of Trump's revived Keystone XL pipeline, there's a scene you must see to believe
By Dave Mosher, MSN Money
The following is an excerpt from Dave Mosher’s article featured on MSN Money. Click here to view the article and featured slideshow.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to revive and expedite the multi-billion-dollar Keystone XL underground pipeline. A new segment of the existing Keystone Pipeline system, which begins in the Alberta, Canada tar sands and ends in Patoka as well as points in Texas along the Gulf of Mexico and could cost its builders as much as $10 billion, is partially built and would move larger volumes of oil in less time by shortening the route and burying larger-diameter pipes.
Barack Obama killed the Keystone XL pipeline in November 2015, stating it wouldn't have helped lower gas prices or create that many jobs. He also said the long-term contribution to climate change - possibly more than 22 billion metric tons of carbon pollution, according to Scientific American - wasn't worth the loss of America's global leadership on fighting emissions that exacerbate global warming.
Robert Johnson, a former Business Insider correspondent, took the pictures and wrote this story flying over the Canadian oil sands in May 2012.
This story has been updated to include details about in situ extraction, which is different from the mining method and makes up about half of Canada oil sands production.
Oppose the Creation of a Religious/Muslim Registry
President-elect Donald Trump has suggested a national religious registtry of people who are Muslim. This proposal is dangerous and responsible. Read more:
Shoulder to Shoulder
Franciscan Action Network Friends at Shoulder to Shoulder are hearing one question a lot these days, particularly as physical and verbal attacks on racial and ethnic minorities, Muslims, Sikhs, and many others have spiked in the past weeks. That question: What can I do to stand with my Muslim neighbors right now?
There are many answers to the question of how to stand with Muslims, and there will be many more ways to step up in the days ahead, but for now, Shoulder to Shoulder has put together a few suggested places to start, which we offer in brief here and at length online.
Each of these simple acts has a more in-depth definition online. They don't capture everything, nor are they meant to, but they provide some starting points or action steps you can take.
Another way to stand “Shoulder to Shoulder” with the Muslim community is to be able to counteract the myths that are circulating regarding Muslims, fanaticism and terrorism. Myths and misconceptions are often at the heart of bigotry and discrimination. There are 7 myths that are currently circulating that continue to fuel Islamophobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric. Here are 7 myths regarding Muslims.
Standing Rock update as of 2.21.17:
Increase Humanitarian Assistance for Iraqi Refugees
Please join us in calling on the Obama Administration to significantly increase funding for humanitarian assistance for Iraqi Christians and other minorities who have been driven from their homes by the sectarian violence – and to expedite resettlement of those seeking refuge in the United States. This is part of our “1000 Cranes for Peace in Iraq” campaign – see www.1000cranesforiraq.org.