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'.
(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
“Do whatever he tells you!”. To serve the Lord means to listen and to put into practice his Word.
Pope Francis, Homily on the Wedding at Cana, 8 June 2016
(World Day of Migrants and Refugees)
Christians, strong in the certainty of their faith, must demonstrate that by placing the dignity of the human person with all his or her needs in first place, the obstacles created by injustice will begin to fall. They are aware that God, who walked with the refugees of the Exodus in search of a land free of any slavery is still walking with today's refugees in order to accomplish his loving plan together with them.
Refugees: A Challenge to Solidarity, Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”, For the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, 1992
(Nearest Sunday to International Day of Awareness of Human Trafficking (8th Jan))
Cry out with a hundred thousand tongues. I see that the world is rotten because of silence.
Saint Catherine of Sienna
(Nearest Sunday to World Day of Prayer for Peace (1 January))
We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.
Dialogue with Eugenio Scalfari, La Repubblica
“He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.”
The Canticle of Mary, Luke 1:51-53