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VelardeThis is my personal testimony as a pastoral agent working for Peace and Social Justice. As I write I am remembering many people who have been with me on this journey and have given me the privilege of sharing their stories, dreams, struggles and desires. I thank those who, in particular, have experienced the painfulness of living with a broken heart because of the lack of justice and have had the courage to share their lives and stories. But not only that, also their commitment in the struggle for the truth and for a more just society. I believe that it is in their tears and their faithful commitment to the search for justice that we find the hope that “another world is possible”. Also they help us to commit ourselves to the struggle for justice and the restoration of the relationship between God, the people of the Kingdom and the Earth. Thinking of all these people and their precious gifts that I have received in my Lifetime, I remember a poem by Pedro Casaldaliga: “At the end of the road I will be asked: Have you lived? Have you loved? And I, not saying anything, will open my heart full of names.”

Perhaps it is also a good definition for those Religious who work defending human dignity and the dignity of all living beings. We are not called to serve the creators of history but to the service of those who suffer it. To do this we must know the reality of the victims, we need to listen to human history and the history of every being that is threatened or in danger of extinction.

I invite you to take a moment to get in contact with the human histories or the histories of other living beings whose dignity has been violated which has impressed you and maybe encouraged you to struggle for Justice, or at least admire the witness of those who stand with the victims of injustice.

It would have been impossible for me to work in defense of life and dignity without the support of the Word of God. There are many texts that inspire me, texts that I contemplate over and over again. For example Miqueas 6: 8.

 “You have already been told what is right and what Yahweh wants of you. Only this, to do what is right, to love loyalty and to walk humbly with your God”

Jesus goes further than this text with the Beatitudes

Mathew: 5: 1-12.

Seeing the crowds, he went onto the mountain. And when he was seated his disciples came to him.

Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:

How blessed are the poor: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

Blessed are the gentle: they shall have the earth as inheritance.

Blessed are those who mourn: they shall be comforted.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice: they shall have their fill.

Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.

Blessed are the pure in heart: they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be recognized as children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

Blessed are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you falsely on my account.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven; this is how they persecuted the prophets before you.

The text that most inspires me at this time is the letter to the:

 Galatians 3:26-28:

But now that faith has come you are no longer under a slave looking after you; for all of you are the children of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus, since every one of you that has been baptized has been clothed in Christ. There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither slave nor freeman, there can be neither male nor female -- for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And simply by being Christ's, you are that progeny of Abraham, the heirs named in the promise.

I believe that we the religious of our time are called to be prophets, with those who are fragile, to share the struggles and work to defend life, dignity, inclusion, and respect, especially for those who are different, for true liberty and democracy. It is a big challenge and involves much more than a call to us as individuals, it is a call to the whole community, to the whole Congregation, to every disciple of Jesus today, the same Jesus who declared: “I have come so that you may have life and life in abundance”. I believe now more than ever that the promise of life and life in abundance is not only for us but for every living being.

My experience tells me that all the above must first be lived by us and among us. Are we capable of looking at these texts and others, as individuals, communities and also as a Congregation? Can we share the fruit of our reflection, our pain, our hopes and dreams while we share, for example, what strikes us in the Letter of Saint Paul to the Church of Galatia, from our personal experiences, community experiences, in the lives of the poor and also in the life of our mother earth?

To work for the Rights and Dignity of another living being means that in the first place one must have a personal conversion, taking a profound look at one’s own life, my way of living, my attitudes, my own racism, discrimination, sexism, oppression and everything that does not help that life be produced and in abundance. To be a very fruitful experience it must be a community experience so that as a community we can together assume the commitment with Justice as such.

As I write I think of the Charisma of the Congregation, that of Reconciliation which offers the Church a treasure for all those who wish to work for Peace, Justice, Reconciliation, the Dignity and the Protection of Life wherever it is threatened.

I believe the cry of the poor and of the earth are intimately connected. If we want to be more sensitive to the deep pain suffered by our brothers and sisters and the pain of our planet, mother earth, we are called to study and reflect in depth about these two realities.

“If it had not been for my companions, for the poor people with whom I had already committed myself, I surely would have given up. One does not dare to continue when alone and isolated, but is able to do so if one is so deeply inserted in the reality of others that there is no going back.” Ernesto Sábato

It prompts us to look at our own pain, our need for healing, for reconciliation. All of this is very important because we are called to accompany very vulnerable people, in very vulnerable situations. For that reason I believe it is very important that there be a process of healing along with those who suffer most, but first it is important to confront and embrace with courage our own histories as individuals, as communities, as a Congregation, with honesty, transparence and compassion.

 

 

A. Introduction: Myanmar La Salette Missionaries
B. District Vision Mission Statement
VISION:
We, Myanmar La Salette, envision ourselves as living signs of reconciliation.
MISSION:
In the spirit of genuine love, we, as a religious family of one heart and one mind, strive to become living witnesses of reconciliation to the whole La Salette community and to the Church by discerning the mission given us by God through our Blessed Mother and by living faithfully our religious commitment.
C. Structure of JPIC Committee in Myanmar La Salette
Chairman: District Superior (Fr. Philip Naw Aung, MS)
Local Organizer: Fr. Lucas Suan Za Lian, MS
National Formation: Fr. David Kyaw Kyaw Lwin, MS
National JP Director: Fr. Thomas Htang Shan Mong, MS
Members: Fr. Patrick Kyaw Lin, MS (Parish of Sinbyu)
Fr. William PhyoWai, MS (Parish of Zawgyi)
Fr. David Kyaw Kyaw Lwin ( Shrine and Parish of
Chanthagone)
Fr. David Kyaw Zwa Latt, MS (parish of Myauk
Khaing & Myitgne)
Fr. Jerome Eiphan, MS (Holy Cross Shrine, Myitkyina)
D. Theme: Wounded Missionaries;
E. Activities on Peace Building: Peace Education
a. Conflict transformation
b. Conflict Resolution/Management
c. Reconciliation with God, Self, others, and creation.
d. Creation: Stewardship, Climate Change
F. Objectives
1. To understand/ know the meaning of Peace in different context.
2. To learn concept and methods of peace building.
3. To Create peaceful atmosphere in a given situation.
G. Outlines:
1. Definition of Peace in Sacred Scriptures, Compendium of Catholic Social Teaching
2. and some Authors (Pope John Paul II, J. P. Lederach, etc)
3. Introduction to Conflict Transformation; Theories, Concepts, Principles
(Johan Galtung, John Paul Lederach)
4. Local Context/ cultural approach (Building a culture of peace)
H. Length of Days
1. Seminar (2) days
2. Workshop (3) days
3. Forum (2) days

Table of Activities

Jan- Mar

Apr-Jun

Jul-Sept

Oct –Dec

All Community

1.Theme: Animation for poor

2. Activity: learning Approach

  • Social Analysis

  • Catholic Social Teachings

Parishes

1. Minister of the Poor

2. Listening Approach

- To develop new Relationship

- CST: Common Good

- Solidarity with the poor

Shrine community

1. Commitment to

Ecology

2. Zero waster policy

- Creation Spirituality

- Environment Protection

As given in

Above

 

 

 

(Proposal by the JPIC Commission)

The basic goal of JPIC school is to bring to our consciousness the cases of injustice, the lack of peace, and the lack of respect for nature . There are many things that we still do not know or even that we are conscious of or our understanding comes only from the media. The goal of the school of JPIC is to teach us to think according to the Gospel, with courage, and without any prejudice and to confront our opinions with the teaching of the Church.

The participant in the JPIC School can be any adult person, who wants to be live and share catholic faith.

The program of the JPIC school is not only limited to theoretical courses . If it is limited only to theory, it will become only ideology. So the most important part of preparation will be a practical involvement. As a practical implementation , we are suggesting, prayer for a peace of any conflict, pro ecological actions, concrete aid for the poor.

It is very important for those who will lead this school of JPIC. Those who will have to know about this program, which individuals they will invite to this school and what other organization or movements are already involved in JPIC and to collaborate with them. The school has to show a Catholic vision about the needs and problems of the modern world and has to give a concrete response to these problems. The school has to lead the students to a practical involvement of the extension of Jesus’ mission.

The social teaching of the Church should be divided in to at least four major presentations. It is not a question of completing the entire program at once, but you have to be careful not treat these matters superficially. In this program there should be a place for each individuals study, a place for discussion, and working in common.

The practical involvement should take at least three of these different actions ,prayer, reflection on the Word of God, protection of God’s creation , touching the reality of poverty, then giving aid to the poor.

The school should be organized in a weekly, monthly, or yearly cycle. The school is not just simply a series of conferences about JPIC. Each student should know from the beginning what the program is and what it will evolve. The school should end with certificates for each one, but the purpose is to create an attitude of JPIC. It is hoped that the students will continue to meet and share their ongoing experiences.

The items covered in the School will most likely vary from Province to Province, because each country has its own pressing issues. However, as an international Congregation we may also want to be particularly sensitive to those issues that affect people across national boundaries, like human trafficking, the migration of peoples and environmental damage that has a wide-ranging impact.

As an introduction to this program we propose a lecture on Fuellenbach’s article “the Kingdom of God”, on the website www.lasalette.info.

 

If you are looking for information concerning JPIC here you have a links to the internet

Jeśli szukasz informacji dotyczących JPIC tutaj znajdziesz linki do stron internetowych.

Se siete alla ricerca di informazioni riguardanti GPIC qui avete le link a internet

Si vous cherchez des informations concernant JPIC ici vous avez un des liens à l'Internet

Se você estiver procurando por informações sobre JPIC, aqui você tem uma ligação à internet.

 

Pontifical Council Justice and Peace [English, French, Italian, Spanish]

Vatican JiP

 

Caritas Internationalis

Caritas internationalis

or Caritas in local language.

 

SEDOS

SEDOS is a forum open to Institutes of Consecrated Life which commit themselves to deepening their understanding of global mission.
SEDOS to forum otwarte Instytutów Życia Konsekrowanego, które zobowiązały się do pogłębiania swojej wiedzy o misji globalnej.
SEDOS è un forum aperto per gli Istituti di Vita Consacrata che si impegnano ad approfondire la loro comprensione della missione globale.
SEDOS est un forum ouvert aux Instituts de vie consacrée qui s'engagent à approfondir leur compréhension de la mission mondiale.
SEDOS é um fórum aberto para os Institutos de Vida Consagrada, que se comprometam a aprofundar sua compreensão da missão global.

Sedos

 

Church in Need

International Catholic charity under the guidance of the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need’s mission is to help suffering and persecuted faithful worldwide.

Church in need

 

AED

Œuvre internationale de l’Église, l’AED a été fondée en 1947 par le Père Werenfried, religieux prémontré hollandais, décédé en janvier 2003. L’AED est aujourd’hui une fondation internationale de droit pontifical et ne vit que de dons.

AED FR

 

Pomoc Kościołowi w Potrzebie

Głównym hasłem Pomocy Kościołowi w Potrzebie jest: Pojednanie i solidarność na świecie. Po wojnie ojciec Werenfried wykazał się determinacją w realizowaniu z pozoru niemożliwego Dzieła wybaczania i solidarności. Jego wiara w ludzi wyraziła się w spektakularnej akcji humanitarnej niesienia pomocy egzystencjalnej dla Niemców jaką przeprowadził w 1947 roku z sukcesem w Belgii i w Holandii.

Pomoc Kosciolowi

 

JPIC ROMA [English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish]

The Commission is responsible for promoting and supporting the integration of JUSTICE, PEACE & INTEGRITY OF CREATION (JPIC) in the life and mission of religious institutes, members of USG & UISG, in coordination with superiors general, their leadership teams and the promoters of JPIC at the international level.
W celu promowania i wspierania integracji Sprawiedliwości, Pokoju i Ochrony Stworzenia (JPIC) w życiu i misji instytutów zakonnych.
Lo scopo di promuovere e sostenere l'integrazione di Giustizia, Pace e Integrità del Creato (GPIC) nella vita e nella missione degli istituti religiosi.
Pour promouvoir et soutenir l'intégration de la Justice, la Paix et Intégrité de la Création (JPIC) dans la vie et la mission des instituts religieux.
Para promover e apoiar a integração de Justiça, Paz e Integridade da Criação (JPIC), na vida e na missão dos institutos religiosos.

Roma JPIC

 

FAO [English, Français, Русский, Español]

International Congregations of Religious At FAO
Miedzynarodowe Zgromadzenia Zakonne przy FAO
Congregazioni Internazionali dei Religiosi Alla FAO
Congrégations internationale des religieux à la FAO
Congregações Internacional dos Religiosos na FAO

FAO

 

Peace

Pax Christi [English, French, Spanish]

Pax Christi International is a global Catholic peace movement and network that works to help establish Peace, Respect for Human Rights, Justice and Reconciliation in areas of the world that are torn by conflict.
Pax Christi International jest katolickim globalnym ruchem na rzecz pokoju oraz siecią pracującą dla ustanowienia Pokoju Poszanowania praw człowieka, Sprawiedliwości i Pojednania w miejscach dotkniętych konfliktami.
Pax Christi International è un movimento cattolico globale per la pace e la rete che lavora per aiutare a stabilire la pace, il rispetto per i diritti umani, la giustizia e la riconciliazione in aree del mondo che sono lacerati da conflitti.
Pax Christi International est un Mouvement catholique mondial pour la paix et un Réseau qui apporte son aide à l’établissement de la paix, du respect des droits humains, de la justice et de la réconciliation dans des zones déchirées par des conflits.
Pax Christi International es una organización no gubernamental sin fines lucrativos, pero es sobre todo un movimiento católico de paz que trabaja a nivel global en campos como los derechos humanos, la seguridad humana, el desarme y la desmilitarización, la relación entre religión y conflicto violento y la construcción de un orden mundial más justo.

Pax Christi

 

Initiative for a UN Decade of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Understanding and Cooperation for Peace

The long-term vision of a United Nations Decade of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Understanding and Cooperation for Peace is for a genuine and lasting peace that will be deeply rooted in diverse people’s spiritual beliefs and cultures as well as in the hearts of all human beings.

www.faithdecadeforpeace.net

 

Development

CIDSE [English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish]

International alliance of Catholic development agencies working together for global justice.
Międzynarodowy sojusz katolickich agencji rozwoju katolickich pracujących razem dla globalnej sprawiedliwości.
Sito della rete internazionale di organizzazioni Cattoliche allo sviluppo.
Le site internet de la CIDSE - alliance internationale d’agences de développement catholiques.
Site da aliança internacional de organizações católicas CIDSE desenvolvimento.

CIDSE

 

Against Trafficking in Person/ Przeciwko handlu ludźmi /Contrela traite des personnes/Contro la Tratta di Persone/

Thalita Kum [English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish]

The International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons is a network within UISG which originates from a project implemented in collaboration with IOM
Międzynarodowa sieć współpracy Życia Konsekrowanego przeciwko handlu ludźmi.
La Rete Internazionale di Vita Consacrata Contro la Tratta di Persone, nasce in seno all’UISG nell’ambito di un progetto gestito in collaborazione con l’OIM
Le Réseau TALITHA KUM est né au sein de l’UISG comme composante d’un projet mené en collaboration avec l’OIM
A Rede Internacional da Vida Consagrada contra o Trafico de pessoas, nasce no seio da UISG, no âmbito de um projeto assumido em colaboração com a OIM

Thalitakum

 

Powerty

CATHOLICS CONFRONT GLOBAL POVERTY (CCGP) IS AN INITIATIVE OF THE UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS AND CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES. IT REPRESENTS THE OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES ON POLICY ISSUES RELATED TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF POOR AND VULNERABLE PEOPLE WORLDWIDE.

Global Powerty

 

Sudan

Sudan

 

Migrants

Migrants


Websites of Religious Institutes with Ecological Content.
Strony różnych Zgromadzeń Zakonnych z materiałami ekologicznymi
Siti web degli Istituti Religiosi con contenuto ecologico.
Sites des Instituts religieux avec contenu écologique.
Websites dos Institutos Religiosos com conteúdo ecológico.
Ecoreligious

 

ORDO FRATRUM MINORUM OFM

OFM JPIC

SOCJETAS JESU SJ

SJ JPIC

MISSIONARY OBLATES OF MARY IMMACULATE OMI

OMI JPIC

ORDO PREDICATORUM OP

OP JPIC

TOWARZYSTWO POMOCY IM. ŚW. BRATA ALBERTA

 

Brat Albert

 

Persecution of Christians - Prześladowania Chrześcijan - Persecuzione dei cristiani.

Persécution des chrétiens - Perseguição dos cristãos

Open Doors 22 Languages

Open dors

Głos Prześladowanych

Głos Przesladowanych

Voice of the Martyrs

The Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization dedicated to assisting the persecuted church worldwide.
The map of the Offices on the World

 

Voice of Martyrs OfficesVoice of Martyrs

International Christian Concern (ICC)

is a human rights organization for religious freedom and for assisting Christians who are victims of persecution

Persecution

 

 

 


What is The Social Teaching of the Church [STC]?

Faced with the "great drama" of the modern world caused by the many threats that often accompany human progress, "no one can remain indifferent." (RH, 16) The church, when addressing this area, is aware of her limitations. She does not take on the role of providing solutions to all the problems that confront the world; especially since there are great differences in the degree of development between individual countries, and there are very different situations in which committed Christians find themselves. The Church, however, can and should present, in “the light drawn from the Gospel,” the principles and guidelines necessary for society’s proper organization for the protection of human dignity and the common good.

We must always distinguish between the official Social Teaching of the Church and the views of different schools that deal with the systematic explanation, development and organization of the social thought contained in papal documents. The essential elements that define and describe the nature of STC follow:
- STC was born from the encounter of the Gospel with the specific problems occurring in society.

- The issues referred to by STC come from moral reflection on research, but they are also drawn from the experience of the Christian community which daily experiences various manifestations of poverty, and problems associated with an industrialized society.

To understand the evolution of STC it is necessary to refer to the theology and philosophy which form its foundation, as well as the human and social sciences.

STC has its own identity with a particular theological profile.

            The theological sources of STC are Scripture, the teaching of the Fathers and theologians of the Church, and the Magisterium.

Its fundamental and primary subject is the dignity of the human person with his inalienable rights, which constitute the essence of "the truth about man." The object is the whole Christian community, in union with and under the leadership of legitimate pastors, whose real collaborators are laypeople with their own experience of Christianity.

The content of the STC includes the study of the human person, as an individual and in society, thereby addressing the whole man, as a specific entity and the fundamental reality of Christian anthropology.

The purpose of STC is that of pastoral ministry to the world, which aims to foster an integral human development through the practice of Christian liberation in the perspective of life here and hereafter.

This is not only about the proclamation of some "pure knowledge," but presumes both a theoretical and a practical knowledge, which have a pastoral orientation, consistent with the evangelizing mission of the Church in the service of the whole person, of each human being and of humanity in general.

In every age and in every situation the Church again and again takes on this ministry, fulfilling a triple role in society:
- she proclaims the truth about the dignity of the human being and his rights;
- she exposes injustice; and
- she contributes to positive change in society and to true human progress.

THE THREE DIMENSIONS OF STC

            In STC we can distinguish three dimensions: theoretical, historical and practical. There is, first and foremost, the theoretical dimension, because the Magisterium of the Church has directly formulated its social doctrine in many documents in an organic and systematic way. In this the Church indicates a path leading to the establishment of relationships among people, based on universal principles acceptable to all.

            We are describing a sustainable ethical policy, and are not so much concerned with views changing over time, nor of "matters of socio-economic development, because for this [the Magisterium] has neither adequate resources nor the vocation."

The social doctrine of the Church also has a "historical dimension," because the application of immutable principles is carried out in the context of a particular vision of society and is inspired by a reflection on its current problems.

            Finally, there is the "practical dimension" because social teaching is not limited only to proclaiming the foundational principles nor to interpreting historically specific social phenomena, but it also suggests the effective application of these principles in practice, applying them to concrete situations as much as is possible and necessary in the circumstances.

            METHODOLOGY OF SOCIAL TEACHING

            The methodology involves three phases: see, judge, act.

Seeing is to notice and investigate real problems and their causes, the analysis of which, however, properly belongs to the human and social sciences.

Judgemeans to interpret this reality in the light of methods of social science meant to evaluate social phenomena and their ethical implications.

Acting is directed toward the choices made. It requires a true conversion, that is, the inner transformation which allows a person to pass through the purifying light of God, and be open to his directives and ready to fulfill them.

METHOD OF DISCERNMENT

It is not the Church’s goal to make a scientific analysis of social reality. Christian discernment – understood as the search for truth and the evaluation of the accuracy of judgments – permits us to explore the essential causes of social ills, especially injustice, and at the same time benefit from a proven, but non-ideological application of the human sciences. The aim is to formulate an objective assessment of social reality in the light of permanent principles and to name specific, appropriate solutions - those possible and available in the circumstances - to remove injustice and foster the necessary political, economic and cultural change.

EVOLUTION OF SOCIAL TEACHING

The social doctrine of the Church, because of its role as a bridge between the Gospel and the concrete reality of man and society, must be constantly updated and adapted to new situations emerging in the world.
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We present a table of Contents of Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. It can be used as an aid in organizing the School of JPIC.

SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH
CHAPTER ONE
GOD'S PLAN OF LOVE FOR HUMANITY
I. GOD'S LIBERATING ACTION IN THE HISTORY OF ISRAEL
a. God's gratuitous presence
b. The principle of creation and God's gratuitous action
II. JESUS CHRIST, THE FULFILMENT OF THE FATHER'S PLAN OF LOVE
a. In Jesus Christ the decisive event of the history of God with mankind is fulfilled
b. The revelation of Trinitarian love
III. THE HUMAN PERSON IN GOD'S PLAN OF LOVE
a. Trinitarian love, the origin and goal of the human person
b. Christian salvation: for all people and the whole person
c. The disciple of Christ as a new creation
d. The transcendence of salvation and the autonomy of earthly realities
IV. GOD'S PLAN AND THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH
a. The Church, sign and defender of the transcendence of the human person
b. The Church, the Kingdom of God and the renewal of social relations
c. New heavens and a new earth
d. Mary and her “fiat” in God's plan of love
CHAPTER TWO
THE CHURCH'S MISSION AND SOCIAL DOCTRINE
I. EVANGELIZATION AND SOCIAL DOCTRINE
a. The Church, God's dwelling place with men and women
b. Enriching and permeating society with the Gospel
c. Social doctrine, evangelization and human promotion
d. The rights and duties of the Church
II. THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH'S SOCIAL DOCTRINE
a. Knowledge illuminated by faith
b. In friendly dialogue with all branches of knowledge
c. An expression of the Church's ministry of teaching
d. For a society reconciled in justice and love
e. A message for the sons and daughters of the Church and for humanity
f. Under the sign of continuity and renewal
III. THE CHURCH'S SOCIAL DOCTRINE IN OUR TIME: HISTORICAL NOTES
a. The beginning of a new path
b. From Rerum Novarum to our own day
c. In the light and under the impulse of the Gospel
CHAPTER THREE
THE HUMAN PERSON AND HUMAN RIGHTS
I. SOCIAL DOCTRINE AND THE PERSONALIST PRINCIPLE
II. THE HUMAN PERSON AS THE “IMAGO DEI”
a. Creatures in the image of God
b. The tragedy of sin
c. The universality of sin and the universality of salvation
III. THE MANY ASPECTS OF THE HUMAN PERSON
A. The unity of the person
B. Openness to transcendence and uniqueness of the person
   a. Open to transcendence
   b. Unique and unrepeatable
   c. Respect for human dignity
C. The freedom of the human person
   a. The value and limits of freedom
   b. The bond uniting freedom with truth and the natural law
D. The equal dignity of all people
E. The social nature of human beings
IV. HUMAN RIGHTS
a. The value of human rights
b. The specification of rights
c. Rights and duties
d. Rights of peoples and nations
e. Filling in the gap between the letter and the spirit
CHAPTER FOUR
PRINCIPLES OF THE CHURCH'S SOCIAL DOCTRINE
I. MEANING AND UNITY
II. THE PRINCIPLE OF THE COMMON GOOD
a. Meaning and primary implications
b. Responsibility of everyone for the common good
c. Tasks of the political community
III. THE UNIVERSAL DESTINATION OF GOODS
a. Origin and meaning
b. The universal destination of goods and private property
c. The universal destination of goods and the preferential option for the poor
IV. THE PRINCIPLE OF SUBSIDIARITY
a. Origin and meaning
b. Concrete indications
V. PARTICIPATION
a. Meaning and value
b. Participation and democracy
VI. THE PRINCIPLE OF SOLIDARITY
a. Meaning and value
b. Solidarity as a social principle and a moral virtue
c. Solidarity and the common growth of mankind
d. Solidarity in the life and message of Jesus Christ
VII. THE FUNDAMENTAL VALUES OF SOCIAL LIFE
a. The relationship between principles and values
b. Truth
c. Freedom
d. Justice
VIII. THE WAY OF LOVE
CHAPTER FIVE
THE FAMILY, THE VITAL CELL OF SOCIETY
I. THE FAMILY, THE FIRST NATURAL SOCIETY
a. Importance of the family for the person
b. Importance of the family for society
II. MARRIAGE, THE FOUNDATION OF THE FAMILY
a. The value of marriage
b. The sacrament of marriage
III. THE SOCIAL SUBJECTIVITY OF THE FAMILY
a. Love and the formation of a community of persons
b. The family is the sanctuary of life
c. The task of educating
d. The dignity and rights of children
IV. THE FAMILY AS ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN SOCIAL LIFE
a. Solidarity in the family
b. The family, economic life and work
V. SOCIETY AT THE SERVICE OF THE FAMILY
CHAPTER SIX
HUMAN WORK
I. BIBLICAL ASPECTS
a. The duty to cultivate and care for the earth
b. Jesus, a man of work
c. The duty to work
II. THE PROPHETIC VALUE OF “RERUM NOVARUM”
III. THE DIGNITY OF WORK
a. The subjective and objective dimensions of work
b. The relationship between labour and capital
c. Work, the right to participate
d. The relationship between labour and private property
e. Rest from work
IV. THE RIGHT TO WORK
a. Work is necessary
b. The role of the State and civil society in promoting the right to work
c. The family and the right to work
d. Women and the right to work
e. Child labour
f. Immigration and work
g. The world of agriculture and the right to work
V. THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS
a. The dignity of workers and the respect for their rights
b. The right to fair remuneration and income distribution
c. The right to strike
VI. SOLIDARITY AMONG WORKERS
a. The importance of unions
b. New forms of solidarity
VII. THE “NEW THINGS” OF THE WORLD OF WORK
a. An epoch-making phase of transition
b. Social doctrine and the “new things”
CHAPTER SEVEN
ECONOMIC LIFE
I. BIBLICAL ASPECTS
a. Man, poverty and riches
b. Wealth exists to be shared
II. MORALITY AND THE ECONOMY
III. PRIVATE INITIATIVE AND BUSINESS INITIATIVE
a. Business and its goals
b. Role of business owners and management
IV. ECONOMIC INSTITUTIONS AT THE SERVICE OF MAN
a. Role of the free market
b. Action of the State
c. Role of intermediate bodies
d. Savings and consumer goods
V. THE “NEW THINGS” IN THE ECONOMIC SECTOR
a. Globalization: opportunities and risks
b. The international financial system
c. Role of the international community in an era of a global economy
d. An integral development in solidarity
e. Need for more educational and cultural formation
CHAPTER EIGHT
THE POLITICAL COMMUNITY
I. BIBLICAL ASPECTS
a. God's dominion
b. Jesus and political authority
c. The early Christian communities
II. FOUNDATION AND PURPOSE OF THE POLITICAL COMMUNITY
a. Political community, the human person and a people
b. Defending and promoting human rights
c. Social life based on civil friendship
III. POLITICAL AUTHORITY
a. The foundation of political authority
b. Authority as moral force
c. The right to conscientious objection
d. The right to resist
e. Inflicting punishment
IV. THE DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM
a. Values and democracy
b. Institutions and democracy
c. Moral components of political representation
d. Instruments for political participation
e. Information and democracy
V. THE POLITICAL COMMUNITY AT THE SERVICE OF CIVIL SOCIETY
a. Value of civil society
b. Priority of civil society
c. Application of the principle of subsidiarity
VI. THE STATE AND RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES
A. Religious freedom, a fundamental human right
B. The Catholic Church and the political community
   a. Autonomy and independence
   b. Cooperation
CHAPTER NINE
THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
I. BIBLICAL ASPECTS
a. Unity of the human family
b. Jesus Christ, prototype and foundation of the new humanity
c. The universal vocation of Christianity
II. THE FUNDAMENTAL RULES OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
a. The international community and values
b. Relations based on harmony between the juridical and moral orders
III. THE ORGANIZATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
a. The value of international organizations
b. The juridical personality of the Holy See
IV. INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION FOR DEVELOPMENT
a. Cooperation to guarantee the right to development
b. The fight against poverty
c. Foreign debt
CHAPTER TEN
SAFEGUARDING THE ENVIRONMENT
I. BIBLICAL ASPECTS
II. MAN AND THE UNIVERSE OF CREATED THINGS
III. THE CRISIS IN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MAN AND THE ENVIRONMENT
IV. A COMMON RESPONSIBILITY
a. The environment, a collective good
b. The use of biotechnology
c. The environment and the sharing of goods
d. New lifestyles
CHAPTER ELEVEN
THE PROMOTION OF PEACE
I. BIBLICAL ASPECTS
II. PEACE: THE FRUIT OF JUSTICE AND LOVE
III. THE FAILURE OF PEACE: WAR
a. Legitimate defence
b. Defending peace
c. The duty to protect the innocent
d. Measures against those who threaten peace
e. Disarmament
f. The condemnation of terrorism
IV. THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE CHURCH TO PEACE
PART THREE
CHAPTER TWELVE
SOCIAL DOCTRINE AND ECCLESIAL ACTION
I. PASTORAL ACTION IN THE SOCIAL FIELD
a. Social doctrine and the inculturation of faith
b. Social doctrine and social pastoral activity
c. Social doctrine and formation
d. Promoting dialogue
e. The subjects of social pastoral activity
II. SOCIAL DOCTRINE AND THE COMMITMENT OF THE LAY FAITHFUL
a. The lay faithful
b. Spirituality of the lay faithful
c. Acting with prudence
d. Social doctrine and lay associations
e. Service in the various sectors of social life
   1. Service to the human person
   2. Service in culture
   3. Service in the economy
   4. Service in politics
CONCLUSION
FOR A CIVILIZATION OF LOVE
a. The help that the Church offers to modern man
b. Starting afresh from faith in Christ
c. A solid hope
d. Building the “civilization of love”

 

 

 

Decision No. 8 of the last General Chapter recommends that each Province should organize the School of Justice and Peace. the International JPIC Commission is trying to explain: How to organize it, to whom, and for what purpose.

The program of JPIC (justice, peace, integrity of creation)School.

(Proposal by the JPIC Commission)

The basic goal of JPIC school is to bring to our consciousness the cases of injustice, the lack of peace, and the lack of respect for nature . There are many things that we still do not know or even that we are conscious of or our understanding comes only from the media. The goal of the school of JPIC is to teach us to think according to the Gospel, with courage, and without any prejudice and to confront our opinions with the teaching of the Church.

The participant in the JPIC School can be any adult person, who wants to be live and share catholic faith.

The program of the JPIC school is not only limited to theoretical courses . If it is limited only to theory, it will become only ideology. So the most important part of preparation will be a practical involvement. As a practical implementation , we are suggesting, prayer for a peace of any conflict, pro ecological actions, concrete aid for the poor.

It is very important for those who will lead this school of JPIC. Those who will have to know about this program, which individuals they will invite to this school and what other organization or movements are already involved in JPIC and to collaborate with them. The school has to show a Catholic vision about the needs and problems of the modern world and has to give a concrete response to these problems. The school has to lead the students to a practical involvement of the extension of Jesus’ mission.

The social teaching of the Church should be divided in to at least four major presentations. It is not a question of completing the entire program at once, but you have to be careful not treat these matters superficially. In this program there should be a place for each individuals study, a place for discussion, and working in common.

The practical involvement should take at least three of these different actions ,prayer, reflection on the Word of God, protection of God’s creation , touching the reality of poverty, then giving aid to the poor.

The school should be organized in a weekly, monthly, or yearly cycle. The school is not just simply a series of conferences about JPIC. Each student should know from the beginning what the program is and what it will evolve. The school should end with certificates for each one, but the purpose is to create an attitude of JPIC. It is hoped that the students will continue to meet and share their ongoing experiences.

The items covered in the School will most likely vary from Province to Province, because each country has its own pressing issues. However, as an international Congregation we may also want to be particularly sensitive to those issues that affect people across national boundaries, like human trafficking, the migration of peoples and environmental damage that has a wide-ranging impact.

 

International Commission

Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation*

The Congregation’s Commission for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (hereafter JPIC), although it had existed in the previous General Administration, received endorsement at the 2012 General Chapter, which called for its “renewal and re-composition.” [See Decision #8, General Chapter 2012.]

That same Chapter affirmed that “our life and mission are lived out in the light of the option for the poor and the demands of justice and peace.” [See Our Vision of a Gifted and United Community, at the beginning of the 2012 General Chapter Decisions.]

These “demands” are found in the Old Testament Prophets, who gave voice to God’s own concerns, and they are echoed in the Psalms, the songs of God’s people at worship. This is the atmosphere in which Jesus grew to manhood and discerned his vocation proclaiming the Reign of God. (Recall how he quoted the Prophet Isaiah in announcing his role in Luke’s Gospel [Luke 4:18-22].)

It is this role he passed on to the apostles and, through them, to the Church. We have ample testimony of the Church’s continued discernment on issues of Justice and Peace ever since Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum. The body of the social teachings of the Church has grown over the years, to the point where we now realize that JPIC is not one issue among many that concerns the Church; rather, it is the viewpoint from which the Church understands the Gospel and confronts the world.

General Chapter Decision #8 of 2012 clearly connects this theme to our own La Salette charism of reconciliation, and insists that we further explore the connections inherent there. As an expression of our charism, we understand then that concern for JPIC is not to be identified with a course of action, but with a Gospel spirituality, a way of relating to God, self, others and the world. This spirituality is the fruit of conversion, both personal and communal. With this renewed attitude, we look again at our own Constitutions and past documents, and understand that we have often been about the works of Justice, Peace and concern for Creation without naming them as such.

It is the task of this Commission to be about naming that reality in our life, charism and mission. We are called to animate the workers and structures of JPIC in each Province of the Congregation, and to support Provincial efforts at JPIC by acting as a clearinghouse for information between Provincial and Congregational levels.

*In using the initials JPIC we are following the organization of the Superiors General (USG and UISG) of religious congregations, who drew the understanding of justice and peace from the documents of Vatican II. Early in his papacy, John Paul II added the idea of a concern for the environment as on an equal footing with these two concepts. Hence, the addition of the “Integrity of Creation” piece.

STRUCTURES

 The International Commission is composed of 7  members

 Meetings of the International Commission will take place once every two years. In the meantime they will work via the Internet.

 The Members of the JPIC International Commission are named by the General for 6 years and can be renewed.

 Each Province will establish a Provincial JPIC Commission composed of at least  three members: one La Salette Priest or Brother, one La Salette student, and one lay person. For the sake of continuity, the term for Priest or Brother will not end with the term of the Provincial Council, and can be renewed.

 The Provincial JPIC Commission works under Provincial authority and is invited twice a year to a  Provincial Council meeting.

 The Provincial JPIC commission animates the activities in the Province and communicates appropriate information about issues and activities. Every Year in January, the Provincial Commission will provide to the International Commission a written report about activities in Province so that this might be shared with the Congregation.

World Environment

June 5th is an important day for all persons in our global village but especially for those of us committed to living the Good News of justice, peace and steward of creation. World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 and has been commemorated in a different city each year with an international exposition through the week of June 5. This year’s theme is “Planet Earth is our shared Island, let us join forces to protect it”. This theme was chosen in support of the UN designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of the SIDS and the urgency of the dangers threatening them due to climate change. Go for more on: http://www.unep.org/wed/about/#.U4cEmnKSy-k.

5 czerwca jest ważnym dniem dla wszystkich w naszej globalnej wiosce, ale szczególnie dla tych, którzy chcą przeżywać Dobrą Nowinę sprawiedliwości, pokoju i troski o stworzenie. Światowy Dzień Środowiska został ustanowiony przez Zgromadzenie Ogólne Naródów Zjednoczonych w 1972 roku i jest obchodzony w różnych miastach każdego roku poprzez międzynarodowe wystawy, ekspozycje w przebiegu tygodnia. Tematem tego roku jest "Planeta Ziemia jest wspólną wyspą, połączmy siły, aby ją chronić". Ten temat został wybrany, aby  poprzeć wybór Organizacji  Narodów Zjednoczonych roku 2014 jako Międzynarodowego Roku Małych Wysp Rozwijających się Państw  (SIDS). Celem jest większe uświadomienie sobie znaczenia  SIDS oraz niebezpieczeństw im grożacych w związku ze zmianami klimatycznymi. Więcej informacji na stronie: http://www.unep.org/wed/about/#.U4cEmnKSy-k.

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