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Catholics for Peace and Justice MAY 2014 Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
MAY 2014 Newsletter

Easter Greetings and Blessings to All!
 
The Church Canonized two worthy popes with week. At the same time the commitment of this community to human dignity and justice is holiness in action.  Please take time to consider the many events happening in May and beyond.  Note that the Center for Peacemaking has extended an invitation to us all to join them at their Spring Social gathering on May 9.   
 
Thank you to all who participated in the recent Catholics for Peace and Justice survey.  91 people responded to the questions and provided additional comments that will help guide our direction.   Curious as to what everyone said?  Find a link to the results under “Survey Says…” below. 
 
Quote: Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida making a distinction between those who overstay visas and those who enter the country illegally “because they had no other means to work” and were concerned about providing food for their children. “Yes, they broke the law,” he explained, “but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love.”

Blessings on Your Ministry

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
GENERAL
Survey Says…
Building Thriving Community: Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee
Bishops Need to Be Courageous When It Comes to a Married Priesthood
 
ACTIONS
Justice for Immigrants – Keeping the Faith to the Very End
Latest Actions by the USCCB for Immigration Reform
11 x 15 Another $1.5 Million for Treatment Alternatives
No State Worse than Wisconsin for Black Children
Everytown for Gun Safety
Common Ground Update
Ecology and War
Climate Parents
 
EVENTS
May Day: March to Stop Deportations - May 1
Bringing Spirituality to the Shackled - May 4
Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge – May 4
"Renegotiating Our Relationship With The Earth" Ibrahim Abdul-Matin - May 4
Community Listening Session with Legislators on Wisconsin Prison System – May 5
7th Annual Greater Milwaukee Fair Trade Crawl – May 10
Center for Peacemaking Spring Social - May 9
Hunger Task Force:  Do the Stamp-Out Work-Out! – May 10
Peace Action Annual Mother's Day Peace Luncheon – May 11
The EDGE Brown Bag Buzz films: “Bag It!” - May 14
CPJ Common Ground Core Team Meeting – May 15
Food Justice: What Would the Buddha do? - May 15
Chasing Ice Film Screening - May 17
Climate Stewardship: Sustainability, Eco-Justice and Well-Being - May 18
Discovering the Penokees - May 20
The Hub - May 22
Young Adult Dinner Dialogue at Congregation Shir Hadash - May 22
Active Hope - How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy – May 31/Jun 1
2014 National Migration Conference – July 7-10
St. Ben’s Run & Walk to German Fest: Registration Open – July 25
Vision of the Gospel: A morning of Formation and Reflection on Charity and Justice – Sept 6
 
PRAYER AND REFLECTION
Book Review: “A Nun on the Bus,”  by Sister Simone Campbell
Reflection: Another Side by Frank Pauc
Prayer: An Easter Prayer
 
 
GENERAL
Survey Says…
Again many thanks to all who participated in the recent Catholics for Peace and Justice survey.  In general global and domestic poverty and economic justice, war/militarism, immigration, environment/ecology, and homelessness are among issues of great concern for the respondents.   As a result of the question on activities you would like to see CPJ offer, we will be working on offering a conference next year.  If you have ideas for workshops, please contact us at info@catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org . You can review the results of the survey here. 
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Building Thriving Community: Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee
As Milwaukee continues to be scrutinized as one of the most segregated cities in the U.S., Catholics for Peace and Justice has teamed up with Marquette Midnight Run and the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion to initiate a series of facilitated focus groups for community dialogue. These focus groups originated from a desire for continued conversations following the  November 2013 dialogue called, "Beyond the Band-Aids- A Deep Conversation on Poverty in Milwaukee" which took place at Marquette University.  Fifteen person focus groups will meet throughout the greater Milwaukee area through Summer 2014. Each focus group will brainstorm practical action steps and initiatives focused on greater equity, inclusion, and thriving within and across Milwaukee communities. These ideas will be consolidated and shared with all focus group participants in preparation for a large networking event and community dialogue in the Fall 2014.  A notice with final details on the program with request for participation will follow in the next couple weeks. 
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Bishops Need to Be Courageous When It Comes to a Married Priesthood
By NCR Editorial Staff 
Many Catholics will find hope in the conversation between Brazilian Bishop Erwin Kräutler and Pope Francis in which they discussed the ordination of married men as a serious and positive possibility.  For the first time in a very long time, the idea of a Roman Catholic married priesthood is a topic that can be discussed and is being discussed inside the Francis administration.  Read the article
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ACTIONS
Justice for Immigrants – Keeping the Faith to the Very End
At the last Milwaukee Justice for Immigrants meeting the discussion once again turned to the question “Is immigration reform really going to happen this year?”  As the GOP continues to “jockey” for political and election position our attempts to push reform can appear to be stalled out.  We've questioned Speaker Boehner’s real position and ability to move the GOP forward as he appears to bounce back and forth between we are getting reform done this year to we are not touching immigration reform this year; HOWEVER, we are now beginning to hear multiple House Republicans raise their voices in favor of moving forward.    We are also being told by those on the inside that passing legislation this year is still a real possibility. 
 
Here is the important part: For reform to pass this year, we need to continue to regularly prompt – no push - our legislators toward passing legislation by continuing to call and send emails. They must realize that we are not backing off.  Like St. Paul we need to be able to say, ”I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2Tim 4:7) to the very end.
Contact my legislators
Send a JFI postcard at www.justiceforimmigrants.org
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Latest Actions by the USCCB for Immigration Reform
USCCB Bishops Mass on the Border Video
USCCB Nationwide Bulletin Insert on Immigration Reform

Letter from the USCCB Committee on Migration to the Secretary Johnson of Homeland Security “…as pastors who witness the human consequences of our broken immigration system every day, we are deeply troubled by the division of families caused by current immigration enforcement policies. In this regard, we urge you to take steps within your authority to limit these deportations in a way that protects immigrants who are no threat to the community and who might otherwise benefit from immigration reform legislation, and their families.  Read the Letter
More...
Undocumented immigrants pay heavy price for minor offenses
Immigration Reform the Cost of Inaction
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11 x 15 Another $1.5 Million for Treatment Alternatives
The state legislature recently approved a $1.5 million annual increase to the TAD (Treatment alternatives and Diversions) fund. This builds on the $1.5 increase that was approved in the summer of 2013. This means that, in the past year, funding has gone from $1 million per year to $4 million per year. Based on the past performance of TAD programs, we can conservatively estimate that the $3 million/year increase will result in:
  • At least 150 fewer prison admissions per year
  • At least 850 fewer county jail admissions per year
  • A net savings to Wisconsin taxpayers of at least $3 million
  • 1,000 fewer people will be incarcerated every year! (If you were with us on the Capitol steps last March 14 to call on the legislature to increase TAD funding, you get a sense of what 1,000 people looks like.)
It is rare that we can see so clearly the positive impact of our work for justice. Our thanks go to everyone who has participated in any way in the 11x15 Campaign. Let’s keep up the good work!  Stay up to date with our 11x15 work by checking our website regularly:  www.prayforjusticeinwi.org
Also see Community Listening Session with Legislators on Wisconsin Prison System – May 5
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No State Worse than Wisconsin for Black Children
A new policy report published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that as America becomes a more diverse nation, children of color face immense barriers in nearly every category of well-being, and the status of African-American children in Wisconsin is the worst in the nation.     Related article: “No state worse than Wisconsin for black children, says new national study” Read more: 
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Everytown for Gun Safety
The fact that 86 people are killed with guns every single day in this country cannot be something we just lament. We have to do something about it. That's why Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are combining forces to launch our most ambitious effort yet: Everytown for Gun Safety.  Watch the short interactive video which highlights a key gun violence issue.
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Common Ground Update
NOTE REVISED DATE - All are invited to find out what Common Ground is all about. Come to the next CPJ Common Ground core team meeting May 15th at 4 PM at Panera in Brookfield, 15040 W Greenfield Ave, Brookfield, WI. Contact Mary Kleist for more info at maryakleist@sbcglobal.net or (414) 426-2486.
Fair Play! Common Ground demands better school facilities or no support for arena Read more from Journal Sentinel
Parent Café  In hundreds of meetings over the past year Common Ground has heard a consistent message: stresses facing families of all types are overwhelming and parents are struggling. Our research led us to a small but effective program run by Waukesha County: Parent Cafés. These peer-learning experiences provide parents with new knowledge, skills, support  and help prevent crises down the road. Learn more and consider attending a Parent Café.
For more CG information go to the  Common Ground website  
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Ecology and War
Sr. Dianne Bergant, Sister of St. Agnes, and the Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies at Catholic Theological Union argues that while the traditional understanding of “just war” addresses the effect of war on human beings and property, it does not adequately take into account the destruction done to the environment. Hear more
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Climate Parents
For Episode 15 of The Good Stuff, Annie Leonard of “The Story of Stuff” sits down with Lisa Hoyos, co-founder of Climate Parents, to discuss how parents can approach the tough topic of climate change with their kids and gear up to take action.  Learn more at the Climate Parents website.   Climate Parents Campaigns
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EVENTS
May Day: March to Stop Deportations - May 1
Thursday, May 1, 10am -- March, Assemble at Voces de la Frontera (1027 S. 5th St.), Noon -- Rally. Milwaukee County Courthouse. As immigrant families are being separated at historic rates and the fight to stop deportations heats up nationally, it’s more important than ever to challenge those responsible.  On May 1st, we hit the streets of Milwaukee to say “Not One More!” Not one more family torn apart. Not one more child separated from their parents due to inhumane and unjust laws. Sponsored by Voces de la Frontera and Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES!)
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Bringing Spirituality to the Shackled - May 4
Bringing Spirituality to the Shackled with Mercy Sisters JoAnn Persch and Pat Murphy, Sunday, May 4th ~ 9:45-10:45 am~ Daniels Hall Between Liturgies, 8:30 ~ 11 am. Good Shepherd Parish N88 W17658 Christman Rd., Menomonee Falls. On any given day, ICE has the capacity to deport 1,100 people from the U.S...  The Mercy Sisters will share their experiences of working directly with immigrants who are in the detention and deportation system.  Each Friday morning buses filled with men and women shackled by their hands, feet, and waists leave for O’Hare airport to be deported. Clergy and lay leaders offer prayers on the buses to accompany them in their difficult journey and so they know people of faith stand with them and are working for change. FLYER
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Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge – May 4
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. May 4th: Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge will help you discover how the act of forgiving can bring more love and peace to your life. When enough of us forgive – we can change the world!  For more information go to Forgiveness Challenge website    Promoted by Karen Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion.
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"Renegotiating Our Relationship With The Earth" with Ibrahim Abdul-Matin - May 4
Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2:00 PM, St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 1725 N. 54th St., Milwaukee, WI. Presented by the Interfaith Earth Network and the Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition.  FLYER
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Community Listening Session with Legislators on Wisconsin Prison System – May 5
The Listening Session, sponsored by MICAH and WISDOM, will take place on May 5, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Mount Zion Baptist Church (2209 N. 2nd St., Milwaukee). The Listening Session will feature 3-minute testimonials from family members of incarcerated persons, from formerly-incarcerated people and from others who have knowledge on “Old Law” prisoners (sentenced prior to “Truth In Sentencing”) who are eligible for parole, Overuse of Solitary Confinement in Wisconsin prisons.  Community Supervision issues (related to those who were formerly incarcerated in the state system), including Revocation decisions, faulty electronic monitoring systems, etc.  More info on Flyer
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7th Annual Greater Milwaukee Fair Trade Crawl – May 10
Saturday, May 10th from 10 am-4 pm, Celebrate World Fair Trade Day with eco-friendly products and food, tastings, activities and specials. Visit over 20 locations that carry fair trade products to show your support of shopping fair trade on this special day. Stop at 7 or more locations and win a fair trade prize. This year, join us at the Riverwest Public House for a post-crawl party with live music, food and special coffee drinks from 4-8 pm. More information including a list of participating shop locations can be found at www.milwaukeefairtradecoalition.org
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Center for Peacemaking Spring Social - May 9
All Catholics for Peace and Justice, You’re Invited to the Center for Peacemaking Spring Social Friday, May 09, 2014 | 5:00 pm –7:00 pm, Best Place | 901 W. Juneau Ave. Milwaukee, WI. $30.00 in advance $35.00 at the door. Celebrate Accomplishments, The Center continues to be the wellspring of work for peace and nonviolence at Marquette. We’ve sent students across the globe to work with organizations striving to build peace. We’ve supported faculty research and teaching on nonviolence. We’ve established a major in Peace Studies and supported our alumni as they work to transform communities. Connect with friends, Gather with friends, alums, and faculty for festivities and libations. Learn about the recent work of the Center for Peacemaking and the continuation of past projects. Support peace. The Center operates entirely on gifts given by private donors. We can only continue to do what we do—and so much more—with support from our friends old and new. By attending you are advancing the work of the Center. For tickets e-mail peacemaking@mu.edu or call (414) 288-8444. www.marquette.edu/peacemaking .  FLYER INVITE AND REGISTRATION FORM
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Hunger Task Force:  Do the Stamp-Out Work-Out! – May 10
Saturday, May 10 is Stamp Out Hunger and we are asking folks to "Fill Those Bags!" Hunger Task Force also needs help unloading those bags at local post offices. Volunteers are needed to help letter carriers get donations sorted on site. We have openings for multiple volunteers at some sites, so recruit your family and friends to spend the day helping out! More Info… 
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Peace Action Annual Mother's Day Peace Luncheon – May 11
Sunday, May 11, Noon-2:00 pm, Irish Heritage and Cultural Center, (2133 W. Wisconsin Ave.). Join the Peace Education Project for the annual Mother's Day Peace Luncheon!  There will be a brief program honoring American feminist Julia Ward Howe (credited with proclaiming the first mother's day in 1870) followed by a musical performance from the Raging Grannies. More info…
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The EDGE Brown Bag Buzz films: “Bag It!” - May 14
The EDGE presents the third in our series of Brown Bag Buzz films: “Bag It!”, a delightful, five-time award-winning portrayal of the convenience and dilemma of more plastic in our environment. Notre Dame of Elm Grove; 13105 Watertown Plank Road; Maria Conference Center; Elm Grove, WI; May 14, 2014 (11:30-1:00 PM); Registration required; $5.00. For information and to register: theedge@ssndcp.org or 262-787-1011. FLYER
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CPJ Common Ground Core Team Meeting – May 15
All are invited to find out what Common Ground is all about. Come to the next CPJ Common Ground core team meeting May 15th at 4 PM at Panera in Brookfield, 15040 W Greenfield Ave, Brookfield, WI. Contact Mary Kleist for more info at maryakleist@sbcglobal.net  (414) 426-2486.
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Food Justice: What Would the Buddha do? - May 15
A Public Talk given by Santikaro with a Response by Venice Williams. Thursday, May 15, 2014. 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Body and Soul Healing Arts Center, 3617 N. 48th St., Milwaukee, WI 53216. Presented by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Milwaukee Chapter.
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Chasing Ice Film Screening - May 17
Saturday, May 17, 2:00 to 3:00 PM. Central United Methodist Church, 639 N. 25th St., Milwaukee, WI 53233. Presented by Wisconsin Interfaith Power & Light. more info
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Climate Stewardship: Sustainability, Eco-Justice and Well-Being - May 18
15th Anniversary Conference: Climate Stewardship, Sustainability, Eco-Justice, and Well-Being. Sunday, May 18, 2014, 2:00 pm-5:30 pm, Doors Open at 1:00 pm. Central United Methodist Church, 639 N 25th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233. Admission Fee: $15/individual. Register and More Ino, and Flyer  HERE.   http://www.wisconsinipl.org/
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Discovering the Penokees - May 20
Tuesday, May 20, 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Pl., Milwaukee, WI 53211. http://urbanecologycenter.org
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The Hub - May 22
Welcome to your local hub! (That’s “hub” not “pub”) The EDGE will be hosting this intentional group of individuals who plan on gathering monthly to deepen understanding of ideas promoted by Barbara Marx Hubbard. Some familiarity with her work is advisable before joining.The group is concerned with personal and social transformation. May 22; 10:00-12:00 noon. Notre Dame of Elm Grove; 13105 Watertown Plan Road; Maria Conference Center. To register or receive a list of resources, contact theedge@ssndcp.org  or 262-787-1011. FLYER
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Young Adult Dinner Dialogue at Congregation Shir Hadash - May 22
Thursday, May 22nd. Congregation Shir Hadash, 2717 E. Hampshire St., Milwaukee, WI 53211. In partnership with YJAM (Young Jewish Adults of Milwaukee) and Congregation Shir Hadash, we will hold a large group Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogue for young adults. We are looking for young adults in their 20s and 30s from a variety of faiths to participate. For more information about the event, e-mail Jenni Reinke at JenniR@interfaithconference.org . or  visit our Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogue page.
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Active Hope - How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy – May 31/Jun 1
With Kathleen Rude. Based on The Work That Reconnects developed by Joanna Macy, international author, activist and eco-philosopher. Friday, May 30, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Saturday/Sunday, May 31 - June 1, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM We live in challenging times. How can we respond in a way that makes a difference? We can choose to practice Active Hope.  This ground-breaking workshop will help you transform fear and despair into inspiration and a sense of empowerment. Registration required.  Flyer. Poster.
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2014 National Migration Conference – July 7-10
2014 National Migration Conference in Washington D.C. is July 7-10, 2014. Co-sponsored by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Catholic Legal Immigration Network, INC (CLINIC) and Catholic Charities, USA. Early Bird registration deadline has been extended. Meet and network with 800+ conference attendees, including: Legal service providers and pro-bono attorneys affiliated with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network; Diocesan refugee resettlement and immigration directors and staff; Social service providers working with unaccompanied refugee children; Partners in the Church’s anti-trafficking programs; Immigration advocates; and more. Click here for more information:   
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St. Ben’s Run & Walk to German Fest: Registration Open – July 25
In 2014 we are running & walking to German Fest on Friday evening, July 25, 7 PM. Details on the event and registration for individuals and teams is now open.  Please mark your calendar and thank you in advance for helping to feed Milwaukee's hungry.
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Vision of the Gospel: A morning of Formation and Reflection on Charity and Justice – Sept 6
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, St. James Parish, W220 N6570 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051. With guest speaker Bishop Donald Hying. Do you desire to live a more authentic Catholic faith? A faith, that as Pope Francis reminds us, “always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it.” If so, please join us to learn about Charity and Justice as a spiritual practice, how you can answer the call of Pope Francis to “evangelization by action”, and explore ways in which the entire parish may be more involved in humble and generous service. Register by September 2, 2014.  Questions? Contact Rob Shelledy, Director of Social Justice Ministry at shelledyr@archmil.org, 414-758-2286. Flyer
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Book Review: “A Nun on the Bus,”  by Sister Simone Campbell.
In the summer of 2012, Sister Simone Campbell and a group of fellow Roman Catholic nuns toured parts of the country to rally support against Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget, a plan that cut vital social programs for the hurting poor and the struggling middle class. Rooted in a deep spirituality of compassion and service, Sister Simone gives voice to the hunger, isolation, and fear that so many people in America are feeling right now and shows us how we can create real transformation in our communities and in our own hearts through the contemplative life of prayer.  Learn more …
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Reflection by Frank Pauc 
Another Side of Easter
I went early to the synagogue yesterday. The shacharit (morning prayer) for Shabbat was going to be longer than usual because they were going to recite the entire Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) prior to the Torah reading. This is kind of a big deal for Rabbi Levin's congregation because he allowed both men and women to come forward to read from the Megillot. Lake Park Synagogue is Orthodox, so the rabbi was pushing people a little out of their comfort zone. READ THE REFLECTION
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Prayer
Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As once you ransomed your people from Egypt
and led them to freedom in the promised land,
so now you have delivered us from the dominion of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your risen Son.
May we, the first fruits of your new creation,
rejoice in this new day you have made,
and praise you for your mighty acts.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God forever.
 
This week as we remember Christ's triumph over death we also give thanks for the beauty of God's creation and the sacredness of water. Take a moment at some point this week to say a prayer and give thanks for God's creation with which we have been blessed.
 
From Creation Justice Ministries
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