Peace and Justice
From the US Bishops: "The Church's social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents."
Our Commission dedicates itself to understanding the Social Teaching of the Church and identifying opportunities to promote a world that reflects the Peace and Justice of the Kingdom of God.
In 2018 our theme is based on this scripture:
“The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me. He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free, and to proclaim a year of favor from the Lord.” Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” Jesus quotes Isaiah 61 in Luke 4:18-21.
Finally, may Christ inflame the desires of all men to break through the barriers which divide them, to strengthen the bonds of mutual love, to learn to understand one another, and to pardon those who have done them wrong. Through His power and inspiration may all peoples welcome each other to their hearts as brothers, and may the peace they long for ever flower and ever reign among them. – Pope St John XXXIII in his Encyclical, Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) #171