Matthew 25 is the monthly newsletter from the Social Justice Committee at St. Mary's bringing you the Catholic perspectives on social justice issues. Below is a list of previous issues and topics.
December 2014: Sharing the Joy of Christmas: Advent is a season of fine tuning our lives to attend to the message of Christ. The readings call us to prepare, to watch, to make the rough patches smooth, and to ready our hearts for the profound love that bridges the gap between human and divine. This issue of Matthew 25 explores the meaning of Christmas and practices to share its spirit and joy.
November 2014: Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth : This issue talks about some program of Catholic Relief Services helping small farmers produce more food in a sustainable manner.
October 2014 - Bringing the Good News to the Ends of the Earth: This issue talks about the called from all the baptized to be missionary.
September 2014 - Death Penalty: This issue of St. Mary's Social Justice newsletter talks about the Catholic Perspective on Death Penalty and the call by the Catholic church to end the use of death penalty.
July 2014 - Children at the Border Crisis: The number of unaccompanied children fleeing their home countries, especially El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, has alarmingly increased and is expected to reach 90,000 for this year alone, creating a humanitarian crisis in need
of our attention. These vulnerable children are the faces of the growing desperation in Central America.
June 2014 - Freedom to Serve: Our country will observe a “Fortnight for Freedom” from June 21 to July 4. The theme this year is “Freedom to Serve”, emphasizing the link between religious liberty and service to the poor and vulnerable. It highlights the many Catholic social and charitable ministries that serve the poor, the homeless and other vulnerable groups in our country, but that now face growing government interference.
May 2014 - Wealth Disparity: “Inequality is the root of social evil”. This was the message on Pope Francis’ tweet on Monday. He is not the first Church leader to raise his voice against wealth disparity: for years Popes and U.S. Bishops have advocated a “just” distribution of the world’s wealth in encyclicals and pastoral letters. However this pope is making the gap between rich and poor a focus of his pontificate, and urging us to take action.
April 2014 - Natural Resources: Curse or Blessing? "The human family has received from the Creator a common gift: nature.The Christian view of creation includes a positive judgment about the legitimacy of interventions on nature if these are meant to be beneficial and are performed responsibly, by wisely using resources for the benefit of all, with respect for the beauty, finality and usefulness of every living being and its place in the ecosystem.... It [is] a gracious gift which we must care for and set at the service of our brothers and sisters, including future generations." (Pope Francis, January 1, 2014)
March 2014 - One Human Family: The question of race continues to divide our society. It seems that when one does not suffer from racism, one does not see it as a problem. This issue of Matthew 25 explores the reality of racism and prejudice in our society, and the contribution of our Catholic faith regarding this issue.
February 2014 - A Way out of Poverty: read a summary of Pope Francis' Lenten message inviting us to reach out and touch the poor, as well as a reflection on education as a way out of poverty.
January 2014 - Human Trafficking: It is sad but true: people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves in every country in the world, even here in the United States! This constitutes Human Trafficking, a horrific crime against the fundamental rights and dignity of the human person.
December 2013 - Peace: The Catholic Church has long called for peace and disarmament in the world. Pope Paul VI introduced World Day of Peace on January 1 1968, the feast day the Roman Catholic Church dedicated to peace on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. For this day the Holy Fathers make an important statement weaving together concerns for peace, poverty and care for creation. Signs are that the cause of peace may become a dominant one for Pope Francis.
November 2013 - Fair Trade - Shop for a Cause: Our faith calls us to live out our Gospel values on a daily basis. The Catholic Social Teaching principles of respecting the dignity of work and caring for the poor are key ways in which we can do this. Through fair trade, we can use our economic power to contribute to the common good and live out these values.
October 2013 - Domestic Violence: the month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is a hidden scourge on our families and communities. Domestic violence shatters the peace that should reside in relationships and especially in the family, and has devastating effects for children. Learn more about it in this issue of Matthew 25 as well as where to find help for victims.
September 2013 - Affordable Housing: In the words of Pope John Paul II, “a home is much more than a roof over one’s head.” It is “a place for building and seeking one’s life.” Every person has a right to safe, decent, affordable housing, but unfortunately even in the US many people do not enjoy this right.
September 2013 - Caring for the Poor and Forgotten: Pope Francis reminded us that “the measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty.”
July 2013 - Caring for Misfortunate Children in Foster Care: More than 700,000 youth are placed in foster care when their parents or guardians are unable to ensure their well-being. In this issue of Matthew 25, we will look in more details what foster care entails.
June 2013 - Child Labor - One of the Worst Forms of Slavery in the 21st Century: Across the world millions of children work in dangerous or exploitative conditions, referred as child labor. While not all child labor is slavery, many children worldwide work in conditions of slavery.
May 2013 - In Search of Solidarity: the Plights of Refugees and Displaced Persons. Living from day to day in refugee camps is not easy. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that “if you want peace, work for justice.”
April 2013 - For I was Hungry: about hunger in the world and in the US, often linked to poverty and the urgent need to develop sustainable agriculture as an approach to decrease hunger and poverty while respecting the dignity of human life.
March 2013 - Strangers no Longer: about the necessity of having a Comprehensive Immigration Reform to fix our broken immigration system.
February 2013 - Life Matters: reflection on some major pro-life issues from the Catholic perspective.
January 2013 - Caring for the Poor: a reflection on the failure of our society to tackle poverty and our baptismal call to serve the poor and vulnerable.
December 2012 - AIDS & HIV and the Faith Community: December 1 is AIDS World Day. Among Christian communities, the topic of HIV/AIDS may pose a dilemma. Let us not forget that HIV/AIDS has a human face. Check out how as people of faith, seeking to be faithful to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, we can walk with Jesus, removing our cloak of judgment and reaching out to our sisters and brothers with compassion.
November 2012 - Show Global Solidarity - Buy Fair Trade: Fair Trade offers a shopping
alternative that reflects the values of our faith by putting our dollars toward helping the artisans and producers of these fair traded items.
October 2012 - Defending Human Life: October is Respect Life Month; Cardinal DiNardo call Catholics to renew their personal commitment to defend all human life, especially the most vulnerable members of the human family.
September 2012 - Service as Worship: how our Christian faith calls us to step out of ourselves so as to love God in our neighbor and build community.
August 2012 - Charity & Justice: what is the difference and why should we care?
July 2012 - Giving Hope to Family: about the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) Sponsorship Program.
June 2012- Friendship Evangelization: a volunteer account from the year-long spend with the Catholic ministry ‘A Simple House’.
May 2012 - Human Merchandises, Broken Lives: the purpose of this Matthew 25 is to create awareness about human trafficking, a contemporary form of slavery, and encourage us to take action to eradicate this horrific crime agianst the dignity of human life.
April 2012 - Advocates for Christ Today (ACT): In this issue, students from Aggies Serving Another Person (ASAP) and the Social Justice Committee explain how their new group Advocates for Christ Today (ACT) will combine services, activities,talks and discussions to help members to connect their faith with the call to love their neighbors and the way they live their lives, while developing friendship within the group.
March 2012 - Sanctity of Human Life: two students share their experience or thoughts on two of the numerous issues threatening human dignity in our society, respectively at each end of life: abortion and euthanasia.
February 2012 - Potluck in the Park: the accounts of a group of Aggies, who, trying to put solidarity and charity in practice, set out to feed people at a park .
January 2012 - A Place for All at the Table: a look at the growing poverty in the USA.
December 2011 - Prepare the Way of the Lord: about keeping the true meaning of Advent and preparing for the coming of Christ
November 2011 - Gifts that Give Hope: about Fair Trade, a shopping alternative that reflects the values of our faith by putting our dollars toward helping the artisans and producers of these fair traded items.
October 2011 - Living the Gospel of Life: about the most essential Catholic Social teaching, Respect of the Life and Dignity of the Human person.
September 2011 (bis) - A Life Changing Experience: Reflections on a Mission Trip to Honduras
September 2011 - Charity vs Justice: What is the difference and why should we care?
July 2011 - All Brothers and Sisters about the state of racism and discrimination in our modern society
June 2011 - Millenium Development Goals - Eradicating Global Poverty
May 2011 - The Scandal of Hunger in A World of Plenty
April 2011 - Religious Freedom
March 2011 - Witnessing to Christ through Political participation and accompanying insert: Advocacy
February 2011 Haiti, a Year later
January 2011 - The Lord Your God Loves the Alien: the perspective of the Catholic Church on immigration
December 2010 - The Least of God's People: caring for Specials Needs Persons
November 2010 - Sustainable Development: A Model Consistent with Catholic Social Teaching
October 2010 - Domestic Violence: a Scourge to be Eliminated
September 2010 - Secrets of the American Prison System
August 2010 - The Common Good
July 2010 - Clean Water - Some of us have it, others don't
June 2010 - Human Merchandise - Shattered Lives
May 2010- Global Solidarity: Fighting Poverty to Build Peace
Previous of 2007
February 2005 - Caring for the Forgotten