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'.
(World Day of the Poor 2018)
Love has no meaning if it isn’t shared. Love has to be put into action.
Saint Teresa of Kolkata
(Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday 2018)
“War should belong to the tragic past, to history: it should find no place on humanity’s agenda for the future.”
Pope Saint John Paul II
And it is love that will burn out the sins and hatreds that sadden us. It is love that will make us want to do great things for each other. No sacrifice and no suffering will then seem too much.
Servant of God Dorothy Day
Dorothy Day was an American journalist who co-founded the Catholic Worker Movement, born on 8 November 1897, and died 29 November 1980. Praised by Pope Francis during his visit to the USA for her ‘social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints.’ Her cause for canonisation is open.
“By faith, countless Christians have promoted action for justice so as to put into practice the word of the Lord, who came to proclaim deliverance from oppression and a year of favour for all.”
Pope Benedict XVI, Porta Fidei
“To remain silent when you see something wrong which you could do something about, is to make oneself an accomplice in evil.”
Saint John Bosco
(Sunday before World Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 Oct))
“It is not from your own possessions that you are bestowing alms on the poor, you are but restoring to them what is theirs by right. For what was given to everyone for the use of all, you have taken for your exclusive use. The earth belongs not to the rich, but to everyone. Thus, far from giving lavishly, you are but paying part of your debt.”
Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things!
Pope Francis, @Pontifex 26 April 2013
(The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is observed on 4 October)
“I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.”
Saint Francis of Assisi
(Sunday before World Day against the Trafficking in People (26 Sep))
“The trade in human persons constitutes a shocking offense against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights. … Such situations are an affront to fundamental values which are shared by all cultures and peoples, values rooted in the very nature of the human person.”
Pope Saint John Paul II, Letter “Twenty-First Century Slavery – The Human Rights Dimension to Trafficking in Human Beings”, 2002