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The Journey of Hope Continues

Associate Jerry Stein, OPA
Reflection by Associate Jerry Stein, OPA

Attending the School of the Americas (SOA) demonstration has been an important part of my schedule for the last ten years. Motivated by a faith that moves me to treat others as I want to be treated, this was a natural response. As a citizen of the United States, I am complicit in economic and military oppression toward God’s people all over the globe, especially the poor and vulnerable. My commitment to gospel values means that I must do my part, however small, to build God’s justice where I am called and show the oppressed they are loved. It is well documented that the SOA teaches terrorism, assassination and torture. A yearly presence is my expression of hope and solidarity in a very dark world. We have the sure hope that God will grant the grace of conversion to all responsible. Continue reading →

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Docs vs Glocks

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence notes that 1 in every 25 admissions to pediatric trauma centers in the United States is due to gunshot wounds. In Kentucky last month a five-year-old boy shot and killed his two-year-old sister with a child-size rifle presented to him as a gift from his parents. I was told that child-size rifles are common in rural Kentucky, so such tragedies are to be expected. Although irresponsible, Kentucky law makes it legal. Several months earlier a young boy picked up his father’s revolver resting on a table and shot and killed him while his mother and siblings watched. The stories are endless.

Doctors in Florida are now prevented from sharing life-saving information about the risks of guns with parents because of an outrageous law pushed by gun lobby extremists. In June 2011, a law was passed that would strip doctors of their medical licenses if they share such information.

Last year the Brady Campaign sued on behalf of Florida doctors and won in federal district court, but Governor Rick Scott and the gun lobby are appealing to the US Court of Appeals. If Governor Scott wins this case we can expect similar “gag rules” in states around the country. At least six other states have introduced similar bills in recent years, although none have passed.

Common sense, responsible gun legislation remains a goal on both the federal and state level. If that happens, it will be because people have spoken with a clear and consistent voice to their representatives, calling for legislation that will save lives.

Former Senator Wendell Ford once said, “If I hear from ten constituents on any issue I pay attention.” Together let us get the attention of our state and federal representatives on this critical issue. We could save a life!

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Water, Simple and Sacred

Sr. Christine Loughlin, OP
Reflection by Sr. Christine Loughlin, OP

Surely, we think, there will always be enough water. We are the Blue Planet. Our water is one water system, created 4.5 billion years ago when the rainfall of a variety of liquids established themselves as turbulent seas on our cooling planet. However, the reality is that only 3% is fresh water and most of that is inaccessible. Less than 1% is available for human use. Continue reading →

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Climate Change

Sr. Jane Belanger, OP
Reflection by Sr. Jane Belanger, OP

By now, for most people in this country, the issue of climate change (less accurately referred to as “global warming”) has become an accepted reality. Despite the sometimes virulent dismissals by some whose extreme views or vested interests would deny that we humans are causing significant change to our global environment by our activities and lifestyle, the greater majority of people acknowledge that we are faced with the issue of climate change. No longer are there just the few environmentalists calling for awareness, but the scientific community, the United Nations, and governments everywhere are calling for practical solutions to this urgent problem that faces all who claim Earth as home. Continue reading →

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