"Love does not consist of great sweetness of devotion, but in a most fervent determination to strive to please God in all things."
Saint Katharine Drexel
Watch the Social Justice Committee’s “Eucharist and Justice – This is My Body”- a webinar featuring: Sr. Margaret Scott, ACJ, PhD, Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Author of “The Eucharist and Social Justice”.
The SBS Social Justice Committee’s Book of the Month recommendation is:
“NIGHT” by Elie Wiesel
Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, sometimes horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man’s capacity for inhumanity to man. “Night” offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.
The book is available as an Audiobook, Hardbound, Paperback or Kindle at Amazon using the link below.
Please see the below Alert from the Sisters of Mercy asking members of Congress urging them to cosponsor the Protect Vulnerable Immigrant Youth Act.
SBS Social Justice Committee
Childhood, given its fragile nature, has unique and inalienable needs. Above all else, there is the right to a healthy and secure family environment. … They have the right to be children.
—Pope Francis, Message for the 103rd World Day of Migrants & Refugees, 13 October 2016
Help Protect Vulnerable Immigrant Youth
Dear SBS and ASBS,
Please click here to write to your Congressional representative and senators, urging them to cosponsor the Protect Vulnerable Immigrant Youth Act. Due to legal categories for immigration applicants, children in urgent need of protection who already qualify for permanent residence must wait years to receive permanent residence. The Protect Vulnerable Immigrant Youth Act would remove the cap on the number of children we can protect in this way. Contact your legislators today!
Working together to welcome everyone,
Mercy Justice Team
Attentive to God’s call we move forward, promoting racial, social, and ecological justice through collaboration among ourselves; with and for others.
Document of SBS “Share the Bread” …address to a greater extent the structual causes of social injustices. …relationship between racism, economic injustices and militarism and to see their interconnectedness locally, nationally and globally.
One of Catholic Social Teaching’s principles, The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers, says “The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected – the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to organize and join unions, to private property, and to economic initiative.”
How can we help ensure the dignity of work and rights of workers? We can purchase fair trade products; in the upcoming holiday seasons, when cocoa and chocolate are staples, we can purchase online or locally fair trade products from one or more of the companies listed at the end of this reflection.
By purchasing fair trade products, we avoid chocolate produced through the exploitation of child labor. Fair trade is a system of certification that aims to ensure a set of standards are met in the production and supply of a product or ingredient. For farmers and workers, fair trade means workers’ rights, safer working conditions and fairer pay.
Fairtrade changes the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers and workers in developing countries.
Social Justice Committee: Gary Scott, ASBS, Chairperson; Sr. Faith Okerson, SBS Leadership; Joyce Hadley, ASBS; Hilda Wiltz, ASBS; Kathy Scott, ASBS; Madeline Tymes, ASBS; Ernest Tymes, ASBS; Sr. Geraldine Mikulec, SBS; Sr. Patricia Rogan, SBS; Sr. Patricia Downs, SBS