If you want peace, work for justice—Pope Paul VI
Why Social Justice?
From Genesis through Revelations “justice” is mentioned prominently throughout the bible. Justice is the underpinning of how we are to relate to each other.
He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows his love for the alien by giving him food and clothing--De 10:18
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; loving kindness and truth go before You--PS 89:14
To do righteousness and justice is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice—Pr 21:13
Thus has the Lord of hosts said, Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother—Zec 7:9
What are we then called to do?
As Catholic Christians we are called to stand in solidarity with the oppressed, the poor the vulnerable, to love thy neighbor as thy self, to be good shepherds of the earth. We are called to respect the dignity of work, the rights of all people, and life from natural conception to natural death. We are called to both prayer and action, for what is faith without justice or what is action if it is not rooted in our Catholic faith?
Love consists of sharing what one has with those one loves. Love ought to show itself in deeds more then words.--Ignatius Loyola