The Church: called to repentance; called to prophesy
Prayers and reflections for the anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero. He was assassinated on March 24, 1980.
Notes for Homilists
The Romero materials in this packet afford many rich sources of reflection on the theme of the church's call to justice and prophesy. We have suggested two sets of readings for the Romero weekend: those from the Roman Catholic lectionary for this year, and the others tied more directly to the anniversary theme.
Romero's wisdom: Prayers
Pray with these quotes from Romero and petitions in order to honor the prophetic witness of Archbishop Oscar Romero on the anniversary of his martyrdom in El Salvador, March 24.
A church that suffers no persecution but enjoys the privileges and support of the things of the earth - beware! - is not the true church of Jesus Christ. A preaching that does not point out sin is not the preaching of the gospel. A preaching that makes sinners feel good, so that they are secured in their sinful state, betrays the gospel's call. (1/22/78).
A hot dog tastes better when served with a side of justice.
I would be remiss to not mention that this past weekend Catholics and other peace activist gathered in Columbus, Georgia for the annual School of the Americas/Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation protest.
Good food does good
When I think of the Food Network and its celebrity chefs (love them as I may), I think of lobster, cavier, and pate; dainty servings with bold flavors; and restaurant checks the size of my paycheck. Watching the Food Network is one of my primary forms of entertainment, and being a judge on Iron Chef America is one of my dreams.
Tour de justice
More than 200 cyclists are riding across the United States and Canada to raise money and awareness for poverty.
The Sea to Sea 2008 Bike Tour, organized by the Christian Reformed Church, started June 30 in Seattle, Washington and is scheduled to end 3,881 miles later in Jersey City, New Jersey on August 30.
There are 127 riders for the whole route and 93 riding part of the trip. Each rider committed to raising at least $10,000 with the overall goal of raising $1.5 million for poverty relief.
What I learned about justice from Dorothy Day
What kind of impact did influential Catholic reformer Dorothy Day have on those who knew her best? A friend and former colleague gives his personal perspective on the woman whom many consider the most important American Catholic of the 20th century.
Jim Forest began his association with Dorothy Day in 1961, when he moved to New York City to join the Catholic Worker community there. A recent convert to Catholicism, he had been discharged from the U.S. Navy as a conscientious objector.
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