Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Building Peace with Justice

Building Peace with Justice is a brief, weekly bulletin reflection written by members of a Public Policy sub-committee, in the diocese of Rochester, that links the Sunday readings to Catholic social teaching. Many parishes publish them as space allows.

For Sunday Bulletins on December 30
Today’s Feast of the Holy Family reminds us that every family is holy. Yet the holiness of family life today is threatened by many forces. Low wages force parents to work long hours apart from their children. Families of members of our armed forces serving in Iraq or Afghanistan suffer the trauma of separation and anxiety. Undocumented immigrant families right in our diocese are suddenly torn apart when a parent is arrested arbitrarily and deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Reflection: How can I influence my governmental representatives so that they place the holiness of the family at the top of their values when formulating public policy?