Catholic Social Teaching is sometimes referred to as the Church's 'best kept secret'. In order to make it better known, we have chosen quotations would be suitable for copying into parish bulletins to give people a 'taster'.
In short, we are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us. Pardoning offences becomes the clearest expression of merciful love, and for us Christians it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves.
Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus
(Nearest Sunday to World Day of Social Justice (20 Feb))
God is not indifferent. He does not look away from our human pain. The God of mercy responds and takes care of the poor, of those who cry out in desperation. God listens and intervenes in order to save, raising men able to hear the groan of suffering and to work in favour of the oppressed.
Pope Francis, General Audience, 26 January 2016
The Gospel offers a vision of life and of the world that cannot be imposed, but only proposed, as the good news of the gratuitous love of God and of peace. The message of truth and of beauty can help people escape from the loneliness and lack of meaning to which the conditions of postmodern society often relegate them.
Synod on The New Evangelization, 2012
In Krakow, I asked you several times: “Can we change things?” And you shouted: “Yes!" That shout came from your young and youthful hearts, which do not tolerate injustice and cannot bow to a “throw-away culture” nor give in to the globalization of indifference. Listen to the cry arising from your inner selves!
Pope Francis, 13 January 2017, Presentation of the Preparatory Document ahead of the 2018 Synod on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”
(Holocaust Memorial Day (UK))
Edith Stein, also known as Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was a 20th Century Carmalite nun. Born to a Jewish family, she became Catholic after a period of atheism. Following the rise of Nazism in Germany she wrote to Pope Pius XI asking him to publicly condemn Nazism and “put a stop to this abuse in Christ’s name”. She moved to the Netherlands to avoid the threat of the Nazis, but they ultimately invaded. Sr Teresa asked her superiors for permission to offer herself to Jesus as a “sacrifice of atonement for true peace”. On 20 July 1942 the Dutch Bishops’ Conference condemned the racism of the Nazi regime in a message read in all churches. As a retaliation the Nazis ordered the arrest of all Jewish converts, who previously had been spared. After incarceration in Amersfoort and Westerbork she was taken to Auschwitz with 986 other Jews including her sister on 7 August 1942. It is likely she was part of a mass execution two days later.
Those who remain silent are responsible.
Saint Edith Stein