11-25-2018 Solidarity

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
NOVEMBER 25, 2018 - THE SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SAFE RELEASE OF LEAH SHARIBU AND OTHERS WHO ARE HELD CAPTIVE BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO RENOUNCE THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
"We are all one family in the world. Building a community that empowers everyone to attain their full potential through each of us respecting each other’s dignity, rights and responsibilities makes the world a better place to live.”

Attributed to Saint John Paul II  
SOLIDARITY
How do you seek to recognize and respond to the needs of another human person?

One of the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching is the principle of solidarity:
We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers and sisters keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that if you want peace, work for justice. (For the Celebration of the Day Of Peace…, January 1, 1972). [USCCB]
St. John Paul II instructs
[Solidarity] is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all. [On Social Concern, no. 38]
Pope Francis teaches that the term “solidarity”
means much more than an occasional gesture of generosity. It means thinking and acting in terms of community. It means that the lives of all take priority over the appropriation of goods by a few. It also means fighting against the structural causes of poverty and inequality; of the lack of work, land and housing; and of the denial of social and labor rights. It means confronting the destructive effects of the empire of money: forced dislocation, painful emigration, human trafficking, drugs, war, violence and all those realities that many of you suffer and that we are all called upon to transform. Solidarity, under-stood in its deepest sense, is a way of making history,...[Address at World Meeting of Popular Movements, Oct. 28, 2014].
God’s solidarity with creation is best exemplified through the incarnation of Jesus the Christ, who taught us that our love of God is exemplified to the extent we love one another as God loves us (See; Mk 12:30-31; Jn 15:12; 1 Jn 4:20-21). Solidarity is especially expressed in the way we are open to, embrace, and respond in love to the least of our brothers and sisters, to the poor, the outcasts and the marginalized; for what we do for them we do for Christ (Mt. 25:37-40).

Every act of solidarity with one another in love is an act of solidarity with God, for we find and experience Christ in and through our mutual love for one another. This love is best expressed through our good works and actions for the common good, not just through our be-liefs and words (see Mt 21:28-32; James 2:14-26). 
Reflect on Your Experience

How do you promote and live in solidarity with others for the common good, especially the poor, the immigrant, the marginalized, and the least of our sisters and brothers?
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
"CST 101 - Solidarity"

"Solidarity -Standing Up Against Global Poverty"

"Solidarity" (Pax Christi)

"Solidarity - Walking Together"

"Solidarity"

"CST - Solidarity"

"Catholic Social Justice Teaching - Solidarity"

"The Difference Between Charity and Solidarity"

"Global Solidarity"
Music
"One Bread One Body"

"I Surrender"

"We Are Called"

Other Resources
"CST 101 - Solidarity"

"Catholic Social Teaching - Solidarity"

Solidarity (USCCB)

Catholic Social Teaching - Solidarity (Slideshow)

"Solidarity in Catholic Social Teaching"

"Catholic Social Thought and Solidarity"

Advent and Christmas Resources 2018-2019

Other Prayer Resources

Social Services and Other Charitable Resources

Other Resources on Catholic Social Teaching
Reflection
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