Justice Updates – Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Lenten Activities

Green Spring Cleaning?  Consider going green with the Eco Justice Committee’s Spring Green suggestions for prayer, meals, cleaning, water, energy use, plant care and honoring the earth.  Check it out. 

Pray and fast.  Pray that fear and misunderstanding will be replaced by a compassionate response to those in desperate need for loving actions on their behalf.  Let us see that God is present in each and every one of us.

Call your Senators! The House of Representatives have passed several important pieces of legislation that are stuck in the senate. (Senator Mitch McConnell has refused to even introduce some of them.) These bills include:

  • R. 1 For the People Act of 2019 that expands Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduces the influence of big money in politics, and strengthens ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes which involves voting reform.
  • R. 7 The Paycheck Fairness Act that amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.
  • Budget and Appropriation – encourage your senators to completely fund the census.
  • VAWA – Violence Against Women Act. No woman should have to live in fear.


The Lord’s Prayer Revisited.  This version of the Lord’s Prayer describes the importance of water in our prayer.

Our God, father and mother,
from, through and to whom all lives flow,
Your name is holy for you water every creature with life.
May the ‘waters rolling in justice’ come down among us
and dwell as in your presence.
Give us water sufficient for our living,
and help us to share water and other resources with those who are dying of thirst.
Forgive us our insincerity, insensitivity and irresponsibility
in saving and preserving water, and for our abuse of creation.
And teach us to forgive one another.
Lead us not into the temptation of accumulation,
greed and power over water,
and deliver us from avaricious life styles.
For your word is like water cleansing us from evil,
your reign is righteousness flowing like an ever-flowing stream
dismantling the powers and principalities
from generation to generation,
from history to history, for ever and ever.

Death Penalty and Restorative Justice.  The rational for eliminating the death penalty is that it eliminates the ability for the criminal to repent and for the family of the victim to forgive. Restorative justice is a way of understanding crime in terms of the people and relationships that were harmed, rather than the law that was broken. Restorative justice values human dignity, healing and the hope of redemption for all involved. According to the Catholic Mobilizing Network, traditional justice focuses on what was the crime… who is guilty and what the punishment should be.   Restorative justice focuses on what was the harm… who was impacted…what needs to be done to make it right.

What are the principles of restorative justice:  The University of Notre Dame describes these seven assumptions;

  • The true self in everyone is good, wise and powerful
  • The world is profoundly interconnected
  • All human beings have a deep desire to be in a good relationship
  • All humans have gifts and everyone is needed for what they bring
  • Everything we need to make positive change is already here
  • Human beings are holistic
  • We need practices to build habits of living from the core self

For more information about Restorative Justice and what the Catholic Mobilizing Network are doing to eliminate the death penalty, click here. 

News from the Border


Makeshift Volunteer Clinics Struggle To Meet Medical Needs At The Border. During our time at the Pastoral Center in El Paso, we saw many ill parents and children. This article from NPR describes the problem.  As recent arrivals to the U.S. are released from detention with health problems ranging from diarrhea to gaping wounds, doctors who are trying to help, with little federal support, feel the strain.

Humanitarians at the border are frustrated with the Trump administration’s “fear mongering”. J.D. Long-García writes about the latest in El Paso in this article from America Magazine.


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