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Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation

Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
             
 As I work with Social Justice Issues, I remember the words of Jesus: "Welcome the Stranger"; "Love One Another as I Have Loved You" and many more.  Since 9/11 and also our involvement in Eastern countries, racism against Muslims has surfaced and escalated.  That is why I have been encouraged to write several columns on Islam: the Muslim faith which means "Peace" or "Submission".  The purpose of these articles is to educate about Islam and to heal and change misconceptions.  I am using a resource called "My Neighbor is Muslim".  This is a resource developed by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.  Remembering that all our bothers and sisters, I present this education piece.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLES
PROMOTE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON
AND RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE
"Every human being is created in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ, therefore is invaluable and worthy of resepct as a member of the human family."; "Every person, from the moment of conception to natural death, has inherent dignity and a right to life consistent with that dignity." (National Council of Catholic Bishops: Sharing Catholic Social Teaching.)
 SOME OF THESE HUMAN BEINGS ARE:

Immigrants and Refugees:  looking for a better life; fleeing persecution.
African Americans: Often live in fear reminding us "Black Lives Matter, too."
Native Americans:  On whose land we live and walk, yet claim as our own.
Muslims:  the target today, even though the majority are not part of terrorism.
The Poor:  Who struggle day after day, and even more if they have an emergency
The Unborn:  Those never given a chance of life
Those Condemned to Death:  Why do we kill people to prove that killing is wrong.
LGBT:  Who are following what they know and feel is their life.
Women:  Many are abused; do not receive aqual pay.

I was inspired to write this as I read about Clare and the Mirror in Fr. Murray Bodo's book: Clare a Light in the Garden:

"Bring the mirror, Sister Philippa", Clare called as the Emperor soldiers approached.  That is how the mercenary soldiers were driven away.  Not only from San Damiano where rape and pillage were all but a certainty had the soldiers entered, but from Assisi as well.  And Clare's only weapon had been the mirror.  The soldiers looked at what they held aloft...they recognized the image of everything holy they suddenly remembered from their childhood: their mother's face, her words, their father's face, their church or mosque or temple, the holy books, their own face--the face they recognized was really their own calling them to become who they were in God's eyes.  They were afraid and ashamed, as if they'd rushed upon their own mother or father and only recognized them at the final moment when they saw a likeness of themselves in the one they were about to attack.  The miracle and wisdom of the mirror!

What did I see when I looked into the mirror?  My mother and father who were immigrants and the prejudice they experienced during and after WWII even though they despised Hitler.  They came here for jobs after Germany was torn up by WWI. 

Looking in the mirror, do you see humans that were mentioned above that you identify with or are prejudiced against?  Pray to find and love that Christ in others.  If we all believe that we are made to the image and likeness of God, this is possible to do.


CHECK BELOW FOR CONTINUATION OF INFORMATION ABOUT MUSLIMS:

   MY NEIGHBOR IS MUSLIM

"My Neighbor is Muslim" is a new resource developed by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.  Linda Hartke, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service says: "I think we can all agree that we are living in a precarious moment in which people are increasingly fearful of "the other" and political rhetoric is used to fan the flames."  And so this publication which they are sharing with other religions and communities is a much needed resource to build dialogue and support.

Click the following link:MY NEIGHBOR IS MUSLIM (Part 1)

CLick the following for the second article: MY NEIGHBORS ARE MUSLIM  (Part 2)

Click the following for the third article: MUSLIMS belief in Mary (Part 3)


 

ALL LIFE IS SACRED
Click here to read an article on the sacredness of all life including the Corporate Stance of the Oldenburg Franciscans. ALL LIFE IS SACRED

"We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family. There are no frontiers or barriers, political or social, behind which we can hide, still less is there room for the globalization of indifference."

Laudato Si (Chapter 5, par. 52)
Pope Francis                                                        


MISSION STATEMENT FOR THE OFFICE OF
JUSTICE, PEACE AND INTEGRITY OF CREATION

In the spirit of St. Francis, St. Clare and Mother Theresa the Oldenburg Franciscan Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office strives to continue the Gospel Message of Justice and Peace.  This office educates, coordinates, and promotes Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation throughout the entire congregation and with groups inside and outside the community.  Justice to all creatures and to the Earth is the primary focus so that we may bring Peace to ourselves and others.



 
 

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