Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Seventh Theme: More important now than ever before in our planet's history!

The last of the "Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching"  is by no means the least!   In fact, given its purview of caring for the Earth --  which sustains all life materially and nurtures the soul spiritually -- this "last" theme could indeed be considered the"first:"  

Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.  Mt 20:6

The Seventh Theme:

CARE FOR GOD'S CREATION
We show our respect for the Creator by our
 
stewardship of creation.
Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan,
it is a requirement of our faith.
We are called to protect people and the planet,
living our faith in relationship with all of Gods creation.
This environmental challenge has fundamental
moral and ethical dimensions
that cannot be ignored.

For news and reflection on why the Seventh Theme is more important now than ever before in the history of the Earth, visit our companion blog:  HOLY GROUND COMMON GROUND which has recently emerged from its hiatus to continue to bring prayer, reflection, wisdom, and hope to our collective call to be dedicated stewards of God's Gift of Creation. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Joy of the Gospel

A quote from CatholicOnline perfectly describes this profound and inspiring exhortation by Pope Francis:

"It will take your breath away in its evangelical fervor, spiritual insight, beauty, profound theology and depth of insight. Officially released this morning, the first Apostolic Exhortation written by Pope Francis is entitled The Joy of the Gospel and it will send shockwaves of the Holy Spirit when its impact is fully experienced."

Read the entire exhortation online HERE

Thursday, May 1, 2014

On Retreat . . . .


The JUSTICE and PEACE SHALL KISS
Psalm 85 Blog
has been on extended retreat for quite some time
due to full-time work responsibilities
but is about to re-sprout with new life!

Thank you for your continued interest!

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

PARISH SOCIAL MINISTRY

Creating Hope, Providing Service,
and Working for Justice


Regional Training
 in Tucson at
Most Holy Trinity Catholic Parish
1300 N. Greasewood Road (at Speedway), Tucson, Arizona, 85745
March 15-16, 2013
(Friday Evening & Saturday)

National Keynote Speakers and Workshop
Presenters Include:

The Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson
 Rev. Larry J. Snyder, Catholic Charities USA
Sheila Gilbert, St. Vincent de Paul
Rev. Sean Carroll, Kino Border Initiative
Vicki Schieber, Catholic Mobilizing Network
Rachel Lustig, Catholic Charities USA
Lucreda Cobbs, Catholic Charities USA
Workshop Sessions Include:
 Leadership Development
Youth and Young Adult Ministry
Best Practices: Catholic Campaign for Human
Development and Catholic Relief Services
 Local Community Organizing and Advocacy Efforts

Register Now!
www.CatholicCharitiesUSA.org/PSMtraining

For Information, Contact:
Peg Harmon
Catholic Community Services
of Southern Arizona, Inc.

Joanne Welter
Diocese of Tucson

Tina Bates Baldera
Catholic Charities USA




Monday, July 2, 2012

Freedom of Worship . . .


 "Freedom of Worship," Norman Rockwell. 1943.
As Catholics we have been called to pray and reflect on Freedom of Worship and Religious Liberty during these days approaching the 4th of July.


Hence we pray that all peoples are free to practice their faith and worship freely. . . . 


For the freedom to love…     
For the freedom to believe…    
For the freedom to hope…    
For the freedom to worship…     
For the freedom to serve in charity…    
For the freedom to care for the suffering…   
For the freedom to comfort the sick…   
For the freedom to feed the hungry…   
For the freedom to shelter the homeless…   
For the freedom to proclaim the Gospel…  
For the freedom to walk in chastity…  
For the freedom to live in peace…    
For the freedom to work in good conscience…  
For the freedom to stand in solidarity…   
For the freedom to seek justice…   


For all these freedoms . . . .  Give us your grace, Oh Loving God.


O God, who gave one origin to all peoples 
and willed to gather from them one family for yourself,
fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love 
and kindle in them a desire 
for the just advancement of their neighbor, 
that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all, 
each human person may be brought to perfection, 
every division may be removed, 
and equity and justice may be established in human society. 
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,  
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God for ever and ever. 
+ AMEN  




Based on the Collect for the Mass “For the Progress of the Peoples,”  
Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, No. 29, 
Roman Missal, Third Edition


To learn more from the USCCB about Religious Liberty see:
http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/


Sunday, July 1, 2012

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time


"If I but touch the hem of his garment,
I will be made whole.”
    Mark 5:28


How often do we overlook those in desperate need? 

Jesus instantly turned about in the crowd,
looked, saw . . . and healed.

Loving God,
we pray for open eyes
and 
open hearts
so that
all may be made whole.

+ Amen +




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Thursday, June 21, 2012


Pax Christi-Phoenix 
along with
the Arizona Death Penalty Forum (AzDPF),
the Coalition of Arizonans to Abolish the Death Penalty (CAADP)
and the Arizona Ecumenical Council,
invite you to join them to
witness against the execution of Samuel Villegas Lopez
and to promote the abolishment of the death penalty

  • Date: Tuesday, June 26th
  • Speakers: 6:00 – 6:15 PM (led by AzDPF)
  • Prayer Vigil: 6:15 – 6:30 PM (led by Pax Christi)
  • Where: The front lawn of the Senate Building at the Arizona State Capitol on 17th Ave. between W. Adams and W. Jefferson Streets, Phoenix, AZ
            (There is parking available in the parking lot near Wesley Bolin Plaza.)


For the second time, Mr. Lopez is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, June 27th. He will be the 4th person to be killed by Arizonans this year. We come together to pray for victims of capital crimes and their families, as well as for the one who will be executed and his family. 


We also come together to reflect on state-sanctioned killing. We will pray for healing and for the opening of hearts of our government leaders, those in charge of our prison system, all who participate in our judicial system, and all citizens of Arizona. It will be a time to reflect and renew our commitment to abolish the death penalty.

For more information about the Witness, please contact Margaret/Dan Wolford (Pax Christi-Phoenix) @ wolford2102@centurylink.net, Billy Fidlin (AZ Ecumenical Council) @ Billy@desertsw.org; Inge Casey (AzDPF) @ ingec@azdeathpenalty.org or Dan Peitzmeyer (CAADP) @ danp@azdeathpenalty.org