Jim O'Shea: A fifteen-minute plan addressing the abuse crisis that never ends; Mapping Militarism; Holistic Diversity and more
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Ways Out of No Way:  An Appeal to Pope Francis
A fifteen-minute plan addressing the abuse crisis that never ends 
By Jim O’Shea, CP

"But I would ask, 'Whatever the difficulties that arise – and there will be many – as a result of this systemic change – Can it ever be anywhere as near as bad as what we are experiencing now?' 

We are a nearly completely immobilized church unable to evangelize - left weeping and wailing with our victim brothers and sisters. If the pain of the victims can do anything positive – it can become the energy that actually makes a healthier church possible for the children of the next generations!"

Read Jim O'Shea's full reflection here

New Passionist UK Partners:
Challenging Negative Images in Liverpool

Kemi and Natasha Ryan established the organization Reformed in 2009 to challenge the lack of employment opportunity and discrimination they faced as Black women with criminal records. Through their own experiences and hard work, they create resources that challenge negative images and encourage young people to resist others stereotyping them.  In describing their work they say, "We approach each person holistically – treating each as an individual – something often ignored in many professional responses – and totally necessary if we hope to work together for a transformation which turns the negative into a positive.  As two Black women we find ourselves uniquely placed to promote initiatives that represent authentic diversity in contrast with more superficial “detached” professional interventions. We are privileged to be affirmed with a credibility that comes from our own people."

To find out more about Reformedsee their website.
Catholic Church Fossil Fuel Divestment:
Series Complete 

The Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns has completed a series of three articles designed to educate Catholic organizations about ways to participate in the fastest growing divestment campaign in human history - the fossil fuel divestment movement. 
  • Part One: The case for Catholic fossil fuel divestment 
  • Part Two: Ways to go about it
  • Part Three: Learning from others
Link to all three articles in the series
Apps Available for Child Labor Activists

Worldwide today, approximately 168 million children work, many full-time. They do not go to school and have little or no time for play. More than half of these laboring children are exposed to the worst forms of child labor, such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, and illicit activities including drug trafficking, prostitution, and armed conflict.

Recently the U.S. Bureau of International Labor Affairs, with the Department of Labor, released two new apps to raise awareness and help track instances of child and forced labor throughout the world.
Research Tool for a Militarized World

Take a look at this amazing, disturbing but useful online resource: Mapping Militarism.  The interactive world map shows the extent of wars, weapons (by type), and military expenditures, as well as laws governing defense policies and a country's support of peace and security efforts.

Action:  Sign the World Beyond War’s pledge to help try to end all wars, as an individual or organization.

Feast of St. Francis -
Climate Resources Available

Every October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis celebrates the saint who saw all created beings as his brother or sister. Inspired by this example, Catholic Climate Covenant produces a free educational program to help faith communities explore how to better care for creation and the poor.

This year’s program, "Who Is My Neighbor in a Climate-Threatened World?" focuses on the interconnections between immigration, refugees, and climate change.  Complete a form here to receive links for the multi-part, 90-minute educational program that includes participant and facilitator guides, action suggestions and resources and a "blessing of the animals."
Image: © Tomie dePaola

Abolish ICE:  Civil  Disobedience Draws Attention to Urgent Moral Issue
by David Horvath, North American Passionist JPIC Office

Civil disobedience has long been recognized as an important way to call attention to urgent issues of human rights and as a way to protest unjust laws and practices, both in the Catholic tradition and secular society. 
I was part of a nonviolent direct action here in Louisville that was part of a national Abolish ICE campaign. I took part in the protest not in an official role or as representative of the Passionists, but because of my own moral convictions and conscience.  It happened on July 26th, the day that the Trump administration failed to meet the deadline to reunite families.  I and a group of eight other activists blocked the elevator entrances at the Heyburn Building which houses (on the 11th floor) a new regional immigration court.  During the course of the action, we were able to cause the court to be cancelled and as a result, 17 cases were given a six-month extension.  The action was heavily covered in the media and many people learned about the existence of the court and the powerful push to abolish ICE and replace it with more humane immigration policing (not punishing and fear-based).  We also wanted to focus on the responsibility of our elected officials to create a humane and comprehensive immigration reform.

News coverage of the protest     And here

Passionist.org Daily Scriptural Reflections

The Holy Cross Passionist website features wonderful daily scripture reflections from the Passionist Family.  We're pleased that Jim Wayne has joined Paul Wadell and Alex Steinmiller as contributors.  All three are members of the North American Passionists JPIC Board.  Also, Jim Wayne was a Kentucky state legislator, and author of The Unfinished Man. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.  Here is Jim's reflection on readings for September 6:

When I put myself in Simon’s place in the boat with Jesus, I understand his objections to the Lord’s suggestion he lower his fishing nets into the deep areas of Lake Gennesaret. Peter’s trade was fishing. He supported his family on the craft and knew where the fish likely swam in thick schools when the winds blew from different directions, what times of day or night were best for hauling in full nets and what seasons were ideal. And he knew this lake well.

Jesus had no such skill or knowledge. He was a dazzling preacher and teacher, and maybe a skilled carpenter, but not a fisherman. So why should Simon take his advice about fishing?  Read the entire reflection here.

Linking Justice and Peace in the Lectionary

The following homily resources are from the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM). The Passionist JPIC office collaborates with other community JPIC offices and we would love to see other homily resources coming from the Passionist charism. Contact the Passionist JPIC office if you would like to contribute.  If you yourself do not give homilies please consider sharing these resources with a local homilist.

Sunday, Sept. 9 by Dianne Bergant, CSA

Additional homily resources from the Ignatian Solidarity Network
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