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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Contact Your Senators

You may have called your Senators last week about the “Better Care Reconciliation Act”. The NY Times published an article about the deep cuts it would make on Medicaid. 

Please consider making another call to your Senators again.  

Here is how to contact your Senators:
A short message you could use appears below.

Thank you very much for your concern to protect every person’s right to quality, affordable health care.

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.