The mission of the SEAS Peace and Social Justice Committee is to study the Church’s social doctrine, found in documents such as the"Compendium of the Social Doctrine of The Church", and to consider and communicate how they can be applied to issues of concern today in our community and in the wider world.
Christ’s parable about the Good Samaritan (Luke 10; 25 - 37) who came to the aid of a stranger shows he intended we help others to deal with some of their worldly troubles, as well as spiritual ones.
GIVE A PERSON A FISH versus TEACHING Them to Fish
There’s an old saying to the effect that “If you give a person a fish, they eat for today …if you teach them to fish, they eat for a lifetime.”
The Lord’s Diner, Meals on Wheels, St. Anthony Family Shelter, St. Vincent de Paul Mission Ministry, and assisting the community at the Warming Souls overnight shelter for the homeless are some of programs that the Wichita Diocese supports in the theme of “giving a person a fish“ to help address their immediate needs. These are charity programs, giving assistance to those who are less fortunate or have suffered some misfortune in their lives to require such assistance.
What are the causes underlying their misfortunes, that cause such people to need immediate assistance? Could such “root causes” at some point afflict us, our parents or siblings, our children …or other “brothers and sisters in our community” …to suffer similar misfortune, now or at some future point?
The social doctrine of the Church, in history and today, has sought to address those underlying causes in order to reduce the number of persons afflicted, or the degree of suffering inflicted, in our society.
What are some major Problems and Concerns of our nation and world today?
Unemployment? Low wages, limited work opportunities? High medical costs, concerns about quality of medical care, and cost or unavailability of medical insurance? War? Terrorism? Violent crime? White-collar crime and fraud? Drug addiction and/or drug trafficking? Environmental concerns? Costs of living in today’s world? “Entertainment” that is not funny or entertaining, but offensive?
What concerns do you have about life in our nation and in our world today?
Are you willing to join us in seeking to improve such situations, consistent with the principles of the Church, for the sake of others …and especially for the world our children will inherit?
Christ said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) Can that be applied to worldly concerns as well as spiritual ones?
This committee is considering holding “information forums” on different topics, to share information about significant factors in some of these problems and concerns …and discuss what might be done about them.
Would you be interested in participating in such forums and discussions?
In the Left-Hand Margin, under Documents, are “A List of Potential Subjects” – with some of the areas under each that could be covered, and a “Discussion Forums Interest Form” – which you can use to indicate which of those subjects you would be interested in having a “discussion forum” on.
If there are subject areas you would like to see considered which are not listed, there’s a place on this form to indicate those subjects as well.
If enough parishioners indicate interest in a given subject area, what is being considered will be announced in the Bulletin as well as here, and we will work with those who express interest to determine when the most people would be able to attend.
You can either fill out the pdf “Discussion Forums Interest Form” (65 KB) electronically and E-mail it to me at the address on the form, or print it out, fill it in, and leave it at the Church office for the Committee. If either of those do not work for you, give me a phone call – and I will take the information for you.