Justice and Service
“To serve is beautiful, but only if done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.” – Pearl S. Buck
The ministry of justice and service empowers us to work for justice by concrete efforts to address the causes of human suffering; and infuses the concepts of justice, peace, and human dignity into all areas of our lives. Our faith calls ALL of us as one human family to work for justice and serve those most in need.
THE SEVEN THEMES OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Following is a brief reflection on several of the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition. The Principles of Catholic Social Teaching adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
- Life and Dignity of the Human Person: All people are a reflection of the image of God. The basic dignity that each person possesses comes from God; therefore all discrimination is wrong.
- Call to Family, Community and the Common Good: As persons made in God’s image, we must model divine self-giving love. In community we realize the fulfillment of our dignity and rights in relationship with and to others.
- Rights and Responsibilities: People have basic rights and responsibilities because of their human dignity. Catholic teaching emphasizes that people have a right to life and to the basic necessities that provide quality to life: food shelter, health care, education, and employment.
- Option for the Poor: The Gospel calls Christians to put the needs of the poor first. A common moral test of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable people. Wherever there is structural injustice, Christians are called to oppose it. Those with the greatest need require the greatest response.
- Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers: Work is an expression of our dignity and of our involvement in God’s creation. People have a right to decent work, fair wages, and private property. The economy exists to serve people, not vice versa.
- Solidarity: We are all one human family in the world. Because we realize our dignity, rights, and responsibilities, we need to continue to build a community that empowers people to attain their full human potential. By working for justice, we fulfill our mandate to build the body of Christ.
- Care for God’s Creation: We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation.
- National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry
- Catholic Relief Services
- Catholic Relief Services Food Fast
- Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl
- Catholics Confront Global Poverty
- Souper Bowl of Caring
- Catholic Campaign for Human Development
LOCAL SERVICE PROJECTS
Fairview Development Center
Address: 2501 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Doris Cantly Food Distribution Center
Address: 3631 W. Warner Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92704