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The Earth Needs Mercy

Karen Martens, OPA
Blog by Associate Karen Martens, OPA

In reflecting on this Year of Mercy, perhaps our first thought goes to the people who need mercy. But, Earth also is crying out for mercy. Too often these cries are ignored, or at best, simply not heard. Some see Earth as a resource to be used to the advantage of people. Why else would strip mining occur? Why else would wetlands be destroyed? Why else would fracking occur? Or dams be built? Or new homes be built in farmland while existing homes and neighborhoods are left to deteriorate? Continue reading →

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Death Penalty: Is the End of It Near?

Kathy Broussard, OP
Blog by Sr. Kathy Broussard, OP

Is the death penalty on its way out? It is not abolished, but there has been a significant shift in attitudes about the death penalty. I live in Louisiana, a staunch death penalty state, but even here, changes can be seen. Since May 11, 2002, 49 death sentences have been reversed, five people were exonerated from death row and one person was executed because he waived his appeals. The civil parish district attorneys are bringing fewer cases as death penalty cases. Continue reading →

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From Pledges to Action on Eradicating Poverty

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

“In this crucial year for global development, as Member States work to craft a post-2015 agenda and a new set of sustainable development goals, let us do our utmost to eradicate all forms of human exploitation. Let us strive to build a world of social justice, where all people can live and work in freedom, dignity and equality.”
– UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

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Honoring Black History

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

“History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day. It is also a compass that people use to find themselves on the map of human geography. History tells a people where they have been, where they are and what they are. Most important, history tells a people where they still must go, what they still must be. The relationship of history to the people is the same as the relationship of a mother to her child.”
– J.H. Clarke

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