January: Human Trafficking Awareness Month
January 27: International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
January 25 – January 31: Catholic Schools Week
The members of the Church, as members of society, have the same right and duty to promote the common good as do other citizens. Christians ought to fulfill their temporal obligations with fidelity and competence. They should act as a leaven in the world, in their family, professional, social, cultural and political life.
– Bishops Synod, Justice in the World, #38
Daily human events clearly evidence how much forgiveness and reconciliation are undeniably needed for bringing about a real personal and social renewal. This is valid in interpersonal relations but also among communities as well as nations.
– Saint John Paul II, Lent 2001
Today, the same Christ is in people who are unwanted, unemployed, uncared for, hungry, naked, and homeless. They seem useless to the state and to society; nobody has time for them. It is you and I as Christians, worthy of the love of Christ if our love is true, who must find them, and help them; they are there for the finding.
– Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Every time you make a choice, you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And, taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a Heaven creature or into a hellish creature — either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures and with itself. To be the one
kind of creature is Heaven: that is, it is joy, and peace, and knowledge, and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other.
– C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Social sin is the crystallization … of individuals’ sins into permanent structures that keeps sin in being and makes its force to be felt by the majority of people.
– Oscar Romero, Salvadoran archbishop, assassinated in 1980
Lord, help us to recognize you in the sick, poor and suffering.
– Pope Francis @Pontifex, Jan 5, 2015