Quarterly Review – Spring 2017 Issue

Welcome to our sixth edition of Salt and Light, the Quarterly Review of St. John Vianney’s Social Service Ministries. In this issue, we turn our attention to what The Church teaches about solidarity. St. John Paul II in The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae) asserted that “every man is his ‘brother’s keeper’, because God entrusts us to one another. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) explains further that “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.” In Of Social Concern (Sollicitudo Rei Socialis),...

SILENCE

A Book Review by John Fahy Martin Scorsese’s controversial Catholicism is known to all who love his films. His newest, called Silence, draws from the similarly complex faith displayed by the 20th Century Japanese Catholic author, Shusaku Endo. Endo’s 1966 book, also titled Silence, is profound and satisfying, even while leaving more questions than answers. I first read Silence over ten years ago, and it remains one of only a handful of books I return to over and over. Scorsese’s movie has a similar depth and appeal. For the earnest Catholic viewer (or reader!), Silence will puzzle, frustrate, and console you...

YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

By Deacon Marcus Fryer, SJ When we think of the Exodus in Scripture, our minds may conjure an image of the Israelites fleeing from the Egyptians, through the Red Sea, and wandering in the desert for forty years. Their goal was the Promised Land, “flowing with milk and honey,” given to Abraham and his descendants by God. They were seeking a home where the Jewish people could worship their God and could grow in faith and numbers for generations to come. Recently, CARA, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, released data from their latest survey of Catholics in...

SOLIDARITY

“When we are afforded the opportunity to meet the ‘other,’ we are being given the opportunity to grow, to grow in Christ. In God’s eyes, the ‘other’ is not other. The other is God’s son or daughter, no more and no less than we are. And we are invited to see with the eyes of God.” ~ Jack Jezreel Living Solidarity like Jesus Christ by Father Nathaniel Haslam ...

Quarterly Review – Fall 2016 Issue

Welcome to our fifth edition of Salt and Light, the Quarterly Review of St. John Vianney’s Social Service Ministries. In this issue, we turn our attention to what The Church teaches about our fundamental rights and corresponding responsibilities.  The most important of these rights is, of course, the right to life and all those things necessary for survival.  All of the many human rights that the Catholic Church recognizes are a result of our belief in the dignity of the human person recognizing that we are all born in the image and likeness of God.  To explain more about what the...

RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND FALSE “RIGHTS”

by Father Nathaniel Haslam Continuing his series of videos on the key themes in Catholic Social Teaching, Fr. Nathaniel enlightens us with a brief explanation of the nature of rights, and the responsibilities that are linked to these rights.  In a society that is so focused on claiming everyone's rights, Father Nathaniel reminds us that linked to these rights is our responsibility to serve God and our neighbor by promoting our human mission in life.  He also explains the difference between natural rights and pseudo-rights or false "rights," and the importance of knowing the difference. For further reading, see The Principle of...

STRENGTHENING CATHOLIC IDENTITY THROUGH THE FAMILY

“Thus the little domestic Church, like the greater Church, needs to be constantly and intensely evangelized: hence its duty regarding permanent education in the faith…the family, like the Church, ought to be a place where the Gospel is transmitted and from which the Gospel radiates…the future of evangelization depends in great part on the Church of the home” ~ St. John Paul II (Familiaris Consortio, #51-52).   What a Gift! By Sarah Kushner It’s 15-20 degrees outside in the snow and maybe 60 degrees inside my house as the wind whips a nearby tree branch against my bedroom window and the radiator begins to rattle...

A REFLECTION ON RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

by Pat Guzman Rights and responsibilities. Do these words go always together when we think about people in the context of the society?  Do we need to talk about both at the same time when we address social, economic, and political harmony or conflict?  Do we know why sometimes these words drift apart?  The current media environment uses loosely the meaning of these words creating confusion that gives way to idle discussions among the so-called experts.  At times, these individuals portray the concepts behind these words as if one word is more important than the other or that one applies to...

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

“The Church’s social teaching rests on one basic principle: individual human beings are the foundation, the cause and the end of every social institution.” ~ Mater et Magistra, #219     ...

Quarterly Review – Summer 2016 Issue

Welcome to our fourth edition of Salt and Light, the Quarterly Review of St. John Vianney’s Social Service Ministries.  In this issue of Salt & Light, we are turning our attention to one of the basic principles of our Church’s social doctrine: The Option for the Poor and Vulnerable.  To understand this teaching, we must first ask ourselves “who are the poor and vulnerable?”  In Jesus’ time, the poor and most vulnerable were often referred to in Scripture as widows, orphans, the disabled such as the blind, the sick such as lepers, and strangers.  This can be said to be...