Nonviolence . . . Human trafficking . . . Women . . . . The elderly . . . Immigrants' rights . . .. Housing. . . Children . . . Prisoners' rights . . . Health care . . . World Hunger . . . Globalization, as it affects Latin America . . . Care of the earth . . . Seamless ethic of life

Note: The ideas and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author's and should not be ascribed to the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes or its members.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Exercising the Virtue of Patriotism

As we celebrate Independence Day, July 4th, let us ponder more deeply the virtue of patriotism which St. Thomas Aquinas describes for us (Summa Theologica, 2a, 2ae, Q. 101). Patriotism is an aspect of justice that involves having right relationships with our country. What do we consider to be our patriotic duty? Flying the flag? Marching in a parade? Paying our fair share of taxes? Obeying our country’s laws? Exercising the right to vote? Participating in good governance? Promoting the common good? Or is it “all of the above?” May we be inspired to make our country stronger by exercising each day the virtue of patriotism. Have a blessed and safe Independence Day.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Financial CHOICE Act

Urgent Action Needed re the 10 The Financial CHOICE Act
Click on the above link from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The Society is urging us to contact our Congressperson in the House of Representatives requesting that they vote against The Financial CHOICE Act. It contains this destructive sentence regarding payday lending which hits the working poor exceptionally hard:
US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): “NO AUTHORITY TO REGULATE SMALL-DOLLAR CREDIT —The Agency may not exercise any rulemaking, enforcement, or other authority with respect to payday loans, vehicle title loans, or other similar loans.” (Sec. 733)
Please act ASAP!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Are We Living Too Fast?

Are We Living Too Fast?

By Sister Jean Schafer SDS

Summer time! For some of us around the country that season is long in coming and often too short. For most of us we want to make the most of summer: enjoy a bit more leisure, travel, read a good book, wear those new summer clothes we bought during the spring sale – our ‘summer wish list’ goes on. Read more.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Urgent Action - Health Care

The Senate is moving closer to formulating legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Catholic Health Association states that all senators need to hear about CHA’s opposition to the House AHCA bill, that it is unfixable, and the need for the Senate to start over to fix the ACA.  Please contact your senators now to protect health coverage for 23 million individuals, especially those on the Medicaid program, which serves the most vulnerable low-income children, pregnant woman, families and elderly and disabled individuals.  A sample letter, background materials and talking points are available on e-Advocacy. Please note to modify the draft letter to fit your position and personal concerns.