06-17-2018 Origin Modern Catholic Social Teaching

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
June 17, 2018 - ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
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Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
"You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
(Micah 6:8)
ORIGIN OF MODERN CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
What teachings or principles do you use to guide your social relationships?

Catholic Social Teaching (“CST”) “is a central and essential element of our faith.” CST, like all that is Christian, begins with the person and message of Jesus Christ. Through him God has revealed to us the truth about the Godself—a triune God whose very nature is relational, communal and social. Humans, who are made in God’s likeness and image (Gn 1:26-27), share in this relational, communal, and social nature.

Jesus Christ came "to bring glad tidings to the poor . . .liberty to captives . . . recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free" (Lk 4:18-19), and who identified himself with "the least ones" —the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned, and the stranger (cf. Mt 25:42-45). CST is built on a commitment to the poor. “To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognize Christ in the poorest, his brethren" (CCC no. 1397).

Through the power of the Holy Spirit we are called individually and communally, most especially through the Church, to continue Jesus’ mission and to offer, proclaim, live, and bring God’s reality of love, truth, justice, peace, joy, freedom, healing, compassion, forgiveness, mercy, and salvation to the world.

In reflecting on the person and message of Jesus Christ, the Church has been guided by critical reasoning and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to discern and formulate ethical principles related to human life and dignity, justice, solidarity, the common good, and care for our world; to foster life-giving relationships between people, cultures, societies, nations, and other institutions; and to offer moral guidance as to how to live “lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society.”

With the growth of industrialization, globalization, capitalism and secularism, particular social issues arose that became more universal in scope. It is in documents issued by the Church speaking to particular social issues of the time, beginning with the Encyclical Rerum Novarum (“Of New Things”) by Pope Leo XIII in 1891, that modern Catholic Social Teaching began. Thereafter, succeeding popes, as well as bishops from various nations or regional conferences, periodically issued documents speaking to specific social issues deemed important at the time. The most recent foundational document on CST is Laudato Si’ (“On Care for Our Common Home”), issued by Pope Francis in 2015.

Scripture contains many teachings regarding our relationships with God, others, our self, and our world. The centrality of these teachings is Christ’s commandment to love God and our neighbor as Christ loves us.
 
Reflect on Your Experience
What helps you to recognize the poor among us?

What helps you to live a life of holiness amidst thechallenges of modern society?
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  

Compendium on the Social Doctrine of the Church    Compendio de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia

Videos
"Catholic Social Teaching in 3 Minutes"

A Brief History of Catholic Social Justice

"Catholic Social Teaching: Called to Charity and Justice"

"A Brief History of Catholic Social Teaching" (Fr. Charles Dygert)

Music
"Deep Within"

"Endless is Your Love"

"God Beyond All Names"

Other Resources

"History of Catholic Social Teaching" (Renewal of Faith)

"History of Catholic Social Teaching" (Owlcation)

"Catholic Social Teaching" (Felician Sisters)

"Catholic Social Teaching - History"

Other Resources on Catholic Social Teaching
Reflection
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