01-27-2019 Call to Family, Community and Participation

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
JANUARY 27, 2019 - THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
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
“If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family.”

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
CALL TO FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND PARTICIPATION
How do you nourish, support and sustain your family?

Another fundamental theme of CST is the call to family, community, and participation. A person is not only sacred but is also a social being. How we organize in society—politically, economically, through policy and law—directly affects not only our human dignity but also our capacity to grow and thrive in community. “People have the right and duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and the well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable,” and in “the transformation of unjust structures.”

CST teaches that “marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, and not undermined.” As the U.S. Bishops teach us:
The family is the original cell of social life. It is the natural society in which husband and wife are called to give themselves in love and in the gift of life. Authority, stability, and a life of relationships within the family constitute the foundations for freedom, security, and fraternity within society. The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honor God, and make good use of freedom. Family life is an initiation into life in society. (CCC, #2207)(USCCB, Natural Family Planning Program)
The Bishops further instruct:
Marriages benefit society by building and strengthening human relationships within the home (among spouses and children) and beyond (involving relatives, neighbors, and communities). For this reason, the family has long been understood as the fundamental unit of society, the foundation from which religious, civic, and legal organizations naturally develop and flourish (USCCB, How Does Society Benefit from Strong Marriages?)
This teaching is supported by the findings of social science:
Marriage is the greatest social educator of children. It is the institution that most effectively teaches the civic virtues of honesty, loyalty, trust, self-sacrifice, personal responsibility, and respect for others. The virtues cultivated between men and women in mar-riage, and between parents and the children, radiate outward into civil society. They deepen in married men and women strong habits of devotion to civic life. (Id., citing Wilcox, Sacred Vows, Public Purposes: Religion, the Marriage Movement, & Marriage Policy, 2002, pp. 3, 28; https://www.issuelab.org/resources/11014/11014.pdf )

Let us support and witness in our love and actions to the sacredness and primacy of marriage and the family. 
Reflect on Your Experience

How can you strengthen, support, and witness in love and action to the sacredness and primacy of marriage and the family? 
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 - Call to Family, Community, and Participation" (USCCB & CRS)

"The Call to Family, Community and Participation (Part 1)"

"The Call to Family, Community and Participation (Part 2)"

"The Call to Family, Community, and Participation (Part 3)"

"Call to Family, Community, and Participation" (Pax Christi)

"Call to Family, Community, and Participation"

"Call to Family, Community, and Participation"
Music
"He Knows My Name"

"Go Light Your World"

"Above All"
Other Resources
Pope Francis Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love") on love in the family

Vatican's Summary on Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love") on love in the family

"The Call to Family, Community and Participation" (CA Catholic Conference)

"CST 101 - The Call to Family, Community and Participation" (CRS)

"A Family Perspective in Church and Society" (USCCB)

"Marriage and Family in the U.S. - Resources for Society" (USCCB)

"CST Community and Participation" (Catholic Social Teaching - UK)

"Family" (USCCB)

"Church Teaching on Marriage" (USCCB)

"Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan" (USCCB)

"Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan " (USCCB - Abridged Version)

"Call to Family, Community, and Participation (Lesson Plans Grades 1-8)" (Catholic Relief Services)

Journey of Faith Article "The Sacrament of Matrimony"

Other Prayer and Spiritual Practices

Social Services and Other Charitable Resources

Other Resources on Catholic Social Teaching
Reflection
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