call to Family, Community, & Participation
The person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society – in economics, politics, in law and policy – directly affects human dignity and the capacity for the individual to grow in community. Marriage and family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened. The Church teaches that people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.
- Family is the first place where we learn
- Family is central to society. Society is based off of marriage and families. When those relationships are broken, society suffers.
- Community is rooted in our faith. The God of the universe is rooted in
relationship, the Holy Trinity. We are called to live in relationship as well, with God and others.
- We are called to be an active participant in the communities around us: our families, neighborhoods, cities, nations.
Lord, You give us others, who watch, when we sleep, who believe, when we doubt, and keep praying, when we are reduced to silence. You give us others, who walk with us, who hope and fear with us, who are tired and do not fail us, to whom we can turn with our cares and our needs. You give us others, who stand with us before you, who ask you, and question, and thank you, and are always ready to serve you. You give us others, and entrust them to us. We do not love you without them, nor are we loved by you without them. Let us be a blessing to one another, on our way to you.
Holy Spirit, We praise and thank you! You anoint us to bring glad tidings to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives, recover sight for the blind, free the oppressed and build communities in keeping with God’s vision of justice. Show us how to be light of the world, salt of the earth, seeds that sprout love and leaven that infuses humanity with the desire to promote human dignity and solidarity. Help us to listen so that those in poverty can lead our efforts to proclaim a more hopeful vision, liberate captives from injustice, heal the blindness of the powerful, free us all from self-centeredness and build community to overcome poverty.