The values of social justice and peace are often taken for granted or misinterpreted as mere absence of violence, force and restrictions. Oftentimes, they are seen as utopian concepts
that cannot be truly achieved. However, aware of the plight of millions
of people who are deprived of their basic rights,
we need to recommit ourselves not only
to promote a more equal
and fraternal society, consciously denouncing
and confronting those who violate a person`s dignity, but also to help others grow in their relationships with God and one another.
To advocate social justice requires us to go beyond the denunciation of the evils in today`s society. We need to actively live our daily lives in a just and peaceful way, overcoming our egoistic and egocentric mentalities and seeking
the common good that not only benefits the interests of a few but of many.
Only a heart that beats
in peace and seeks what
is right and just can contribute to a more humane and better world.
A notice board on the wall of the prosthetic department at Mae Tao Clinic’s prosthetic department shows the names of 54 patients who have visited the department since February – 52 of them have lost limbs to landmines. [...]
Joshua Alvarez and his family fear for their lives when the monsoon rains come. Last August, their two-bedroom flat in Manila was flooded when severe tropical storm Trami dumped 15 inches of rain (380mm) in a few hours and the local reservoir overflowed. [...]
QUOTES OF THE MONTH
"We live in a world dominated by greed. We have allowed the interests of capital to outweigh the interests of human beings and our Earth."
"It is time for Christians to wake up to the damage growth is causing, break the silence on the alternatives, and become advocates of a new economic order in scale with this finite, fragile earth."
"In every arena, we need to look at the industrial scale and systemic violence, not just the hands-on violence of the less powerful. When it comes to climate change, this is particularly true."
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