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Honoring Labor With Our Voices

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

For many, Labor Day weekend is a time for travel, relaxing with family, enjoying the last remnants of summer. But for many workers the day means another day on the job and struggle to make ends meet.

The road from the late 1970s to the present is filled with potholes, not the least of which was “trickle-down economics,” which was really “trickle up economics.” The starting point during the Reagan era included cuts in corporate taxes and reduced taxes on the wealthy, outsourcing work to other countries, right wing cutbacks on unions, an un-patrolled era of national and international inequality. Homelessness skyrocketed and progress for hungry citizens suffered cuts. Continue reading →

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Time for a March on Washington?

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

What is left to say about the slaughter of children, students, movie goers and reporters like 24 year-old Alison Parker, killed while doing an early morning television interview? As with every previous shooting, there will be shock, responses from elected officials expressing “prayers and sympathy,” but no commitment to responsible, common sense legislation. Continue reading →

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Respect As the Foundation of Peace

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

As I drove to work one day, listening to NPR, I heard a story of how some reporters at ESPN learned they were fired. Their cell phones and computers were deactivated. A rather brutal way of saying, “Your services are no longer needed!” A few years ago five employees of the Diocese of Lexington were informed their jobs were being cut. Two of them received an email. Again, respect for the individuals was not considered. Continue reading →

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The Price of Secrecy

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

On a gray Monday morning I found myself seated in a waiting room of a Louisville judicial center – definitely not a typical Monday for me! This journey had its beginning a few weeks earlier at a meeting of PATH (Persons Against the Trafficking of Humans), a group of Sisters, Associates and concerned citizens in Louisville who are working to reduce human trafficking in the area. One of our members is a survivor of human trafficking. As a five-year old she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by her father and handed over to other men to rape. As often is the case, this is a story wrapped in secrecy. A powerful, intimidating father easily persuaded his daughter to keep his behavior secret.

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Always our Children

Carol Gaeke, OP
Blog by Sr. Carol Gaeke, OP

A couple of decades ago the US Bishops wrote a pastoral letter for parents of gay children. It was entitled Always Our Children.

In the flurry of US political conversations and polarization in this upcoming election season there seems to be a disconnect in how we talk about different categories of people in our country. As a nation we seem to make categories of people as “other” – as the undeserving, the illegal, the wrong color or sexual orientation, the wrong gender. Continue reading →

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