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Catholics for Peace and Justice February 2014 Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
FEBRUARY 2014 Newsletter

Its 22 degrees, feels like spring [at least for now], Pope Francis is depicted everywhere [in a good way], and we have even more Good News! 

On this week’s national Justice for Immigrants conference call update, we were told that the lobbying efforts of the Catholic church [that means you] have had a positive impact on the GOP taking up the issue of Immigration.  This information is not just a “feel good” statement. It comes from those who are working directly with legislators.  

A huge “THANK YOU” to everyone who has participated in any large or small way to move the immigration campaign and all campaigns and projects you tirelessly work on forward. It reinforces our need to “stay the course,” by staying with God in prayer and keeping up the efforts we are gifted and called to do. 

Find out below what you and your group can do this month to pray, study, educate, and advocate - to bring ourselves and others to a place of greater compassion and understanding for all people.   

For ongoing updates and social justice resources visit www.catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org 
and our new Catholics for Peace and Justice Face book page

As always, blessings on your ministry



TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL
Following Pope Francis

ISSUES AND ACTIONS
Immigration Reform - February Justice for Immigrants Call and Postcard Dates
New and Excellent Resources for Immigration Education at Your Parish
     St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Lenten Immigration Program
     Resources on Immigration, minimum wage and food security from the Jesuit Solidarity Network
The Economic Case for a Clear, Quick pathway to Citizenship
11X15 Actions Needed for Reform
11X15 New Book “Voices From Inside: Wisconsin Prisoners Speak OUT"
Common Ground Update and Catholics for Peace and Justice Core Team Invite
Human Trafficking and the Super Bowl
WI Catholic Conference Supports Bills on Human Trafficking – You Can Too
Racial Disparity Bill targets 'Institutionalized Racism' 
Afghan Peace Volunteers and BoarderFree
The Ecology of Economic Growth – Margaret’s Blog
Pew Research on Abortion and on Inequality
Gun Violence – A Serious Concern
WAVE Petition for Background Checks In WI

EVENTS
Marquette University Mission Week – Feb 2-7
The Sikh and the (former) Skinhead: Love and Forgiveness Will Triumph – Feb 3
When Forgiveness Must Wait: The Need for Restorative Justice – Feb 6
Race and Reconciliation – Feb 6
Interfaith Bilingual Vigil for Immigrants – Feb 7
ICE Vigil - Feb 9
Winter Farmers' Market & Brunch at St. Sebs – Feb 9
The Way Exemplified by Pope Francis – Feb 10
Film Screening: “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars” – Feb 10
Interfaith Earth Network Faith and Ecology Interest Group – Feb 18
Postcards from 53204: Today’s Immigrant Experience in Milwaukee – Feb 23
Lobby for Kids Day – Feb 27
The Way of the Cross, Contemporary Lives of Discipleship:– Mar 9
"Resources for Peace" Conference – April 10-11
Rooted in Compassion: Cosmology, Eco-Justice and Empathetic Wisdom – Mar 28/29

REFLECTION
Book Review: Urban Injustice, How Ghettos Happen
Prayer: Psalm 51:6-16
Reflection: Shane Claiborne on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade


GENERAL
Following Pope Francis
Want to follow Pope Francis? Welcome to the official Twitter Site of Pope Francis . Check it out. According to the Vatican Pope Francis, who took his name from the patron saint of animals, is writing an encyclical on "the ecology of mankind".  In a speech about two weeks after his election Pope Francis said he had taken the name of St. Francis because he "teaches us profound respect for the whole of creation and protection of our environment, which all too often, instead of using for the good, we exploit greedily, to one another's detriment." 

ISSUES AND ACTIONS
Immigration Reform - February Justice for Immigrants Call and Postcard Dates
Save the Date!  Yes. We are going to make our calls and send our postcards again in February.  We know the drill. By now it should be easy.  Ask 5 additional people to do the same.  The GOP is on retreat discussing their position on immigration reform. We will send out a reminder before the postcard/call week with our message based on what we hear from the Republican party. 

Tuesday, Feb 18 - Send a JFI e-postcard for the national electronic advocacy day.   
Wednesday, Feb 19 - Participate in the JFI National Call-In Day to Congress.    
Thursday, Feb 20 - Post on Facebook, Tweet and re-Tweet your support for Immigrants during the JFI National Social Media Day.

The Department of Homeland Security released their enforcement statistics for 2012. In 2012: "ICE detained approximately 478,000 foreign nationals, an all-time high." 
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New and Excellent Resources for Immigration Education at Your Parish
St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Lenten Immigration Program 
The social justice committee at Elizabeth Ann Seton has put into action their need to educate members of their parish on the importance of immigration reform. Together with members of JFI and parish staff they put together an excellent Lenten program using Pope Francis’ message on “Migrants and Refugees: Towards a Better World”.  Deacon Jeff Copson wrote an excellent introduction to the Lenten program inviting all parishioners to respond to Pope Francis’s call to breakdown the fear and stereotypes that accompany the entrance of migrants and refugees into our communities. Their program can offer us all some great ideas for developing events within our own parishes. Everyone is invited to attend these events. Access resource here
Resources on Immigration, minimum wage and food security from the Jesuit Solidarity Network
The Jesuit Solidarity Network has put together packets--one for parishes, the other for schools that address immigration, minimum wage and food security. Each packet offers a useful Pray-Learn-Act methodology as well as a page of talking points. They also provide templates for prayer sessions, bulletins, setting up in-district meetings, etc. Anyone is welcome to use/adapt these materials.  Access resources here:  or here 
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The Economic Case for a Clear, Quick Pathway to Citizenship
By Pieter Bevelander and Don J. DeVoretz, Jan 27, 2014, Center for American Progress
In order to maximize the economic potential from reform, policy makers should focus on creating as wide and short a path to legal status and citizenship as possible. A number of recent studies have illustrated that opening a door for undocumented immigrants to earn legal status and, ultimately, citizenship would significantly enhance the U.S. economy. This report goes further, examining not just the U.S. case but also the economic impact of allowing immigrants to gain full citizenship in other countries in North America and Europe.  Read the Economic Case for a Clear, Quick Pathway to Citizenship
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11X15 Actions Needed for Reform
Please take time to help the 11x15 campaign by calling your state assembly representative (for Assembly bills, designated AB) and state senator (for Senate bills, designated SB)!  There are three very good initiatives coming up in the State Senate.  Call your legislators to ask them to support all three:
1. SB 308 – which would permit moving many cases involving 17 year-olds charged with certain non-violent crimes back to juvenile court 
2. SB 374 – which would increase TAD funding, especially for alternatives to incarceration for people suffering mental illness;
3.  SB507, and companion bill AB668 -- which call for another $1.5 million per year to be added to TAD because the amounts originally budgeted were well below the amounts requested by Wisconsin counties administering TAD programs.

Click here for your State Senator’s contact information, or to learn who your Senator is or call the legislative hotline at 1-800-362-9472.  When you call, you just need to give your name and address, and let them know you support these three initiatives.  Ask if the Senator will also support them.  If you learn anything interesting, or simply to report the response you received, please e-mail wisdomwi@sbcglobal.net  

To learn a little more and to see a sample of the letter being sent to all Senators, click here:  Summary of research on detrimental effects of trying youth in adult courts from WCCF.   
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11X15 New Book “Voices From Inside: Wisconsin Prisoners Speak OUT"
"Voices From Inside:  Wisconsin Prisoners Speak Out" is now available.  The book contains excerpts from some of the hundreds of letters WISDOM has received from inmates since the start of the 11x15 campaign.  The letters touch upon a variety of themes, and each of them reminds us that prisoners are human beings with hopes, dreams, regrets and questions.  The letters are accompanied by reflections from judges, bishops, pastors and others, as well as important facts about the criminal justice system.  Books can be obtained from any local WISDOM group or from the WISDOM office -- 3195 S. Superior St., #310, Milwaukee, WI 53207.  A $5 donation per book is suggested.
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Common Ground Update and Catholics for Peace and Justice Core Team Invite
As a member of Catholics for Peace and Justice, I hope you will visit the website below to find out more about Common Ground and consider joining forces with CPJ Common Ground.   We are a way to participate in Common Ground if you don’t belong to a parish or other organization with a CG membership.  All are welcome to join us! We meet quarterly. Please join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, April 15th.  We meet at Panera 15040 W Greenfield Ave, Brookfield, WI at 4:30 p.m.  If you want to come, but the time doesn’t work for you, let me know.  To learn more about CG go to www.commongroundwi.org . Check out the video on Fair Play and also the list of all the organizations belonging to Common Ground.  Numbers count in advocacy and it is an amazing experience to be part of a group made up of so many people working for social justice. Look on the CG website to see the names of all the participating groups.  
I hope you will join us!  Mary Kleist maryakleist@sbcglobal.net 

Below are some upcoming Common Ground Events. Go here for a listing of current CG news and events. Contact Mary Kleist maryakleist@sbcglobal.net about CG University Registration
Fair Play Assembly - Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 - 8:30pm Location:  TBA
Common Ground U – Tuesday, Feb 11 & Monday, Feb 17, 5:00 to 9:00 pm at MU
Common Ground U – Saturdays Mar 29 and April 5, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at MU 
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Human Trafficking and the Super Bowl
Thanks to S. Josephe Flynn, SSND for this information
Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal endeavor in the world; in dollar volume, second only to drug trafficking. Approximately 27 million are enslaved today, more than at any time in history. This includes an estimated 14,000 to 17,500 immigrants annually trafficked into the United States, 20% as workers and 80% as prostitutes, strippers, and pornography "models". The vast majority of Human Trafficking victims are female, 50% of them children.  While Super Bowl LXVIII is sure to attract tens of thousands of fans to the New York/New Jersey area, it will also attract organized crime, including Human Trafficking in both sex and labor. Doing their part, students of our SSND sisters at the Academy of Holy Angels in New Jersey created this short video:  Human Trafficking SSND.mp4 . (Thanks to my friend Sister Rea McDonnell, SSND, for sending it.) 

According to the FBI, sex trafficking is one of the biggest issues facing the Milwaukee area.   
Some sobering statistics about human sex trafficking:
*Wisconsin is one of the top 10 states for human trafficking. 
*The average age of entry into prostitution for a child victim in the United States is 13-14 years old.
*90% of runaways become part of the sex trade business and most are coerced within 72 hours of running away.
*Human trafficking generates $9.5 billion yearly in the United States.
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WI Catholic Conference Supports Bills on Human Trafficking
The WCC submitted written testimony in support of bi-partisan, companion bills (Senate Bill 492 and Assembly Bill 620 ), which would strengthen Wisconsin's human trafficking laws. Among other things, the bills would create a process by which a victim of human trafficking who is convicted of prostitution may request a court to vacate the conviction.  Consider reading the WCC Testimony and contacting your legislators in support. Who Are My Legislators?   Contact info for WCC www.wisconsincatholic.org  office@wisconsincatholic.org
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Racial Disparity Bill targets 'institutionalized Racism' 
Racial disparity in the criminal justice system is worse in Wisconsin than anywhere else in the country, studies say, and it's worse in Dane County than the state as a whole. The Minority Impact Statement bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Nikiya Harris, D-Milwaukee, and Rep. Sandy Pasch, D-Shorewood, seeks to reverse what Pasch calls “institutionalized racism” by requiring a legislative committee to prepare a racial impact statement any time a new crime is created or a criminal penalty for an existing crime is modified.   Read more   
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Afghan Peace Volunteers and BoarderFree
“The political and economic mafia of Afghanistan and the world run this country with their guns and bombs,” says Abdulhai, a 17 year old Afghan Peace Volunteer. “We the people are rather helpless, unless we stand together.” Abdulhai and the Afghan Peace Volunteers wish to address these crises by abolishing wars, sharing resources and taking care of the earth. No more war! No more economic exploitation by the 1%! No more destruction of the earth and climate! No more systemic hunger and homelessness! No more thought-numbing bias from the media! We believe that an immediate way to be a strong 99% is to get to know one another through arranging Skype or telephone connections across all borders. The Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul can connect with you on any day of the week except Fridays. Read here for more information “Borderfree” and how to connect.  
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The Ecology of Economic Growth – Margaret’s Blog
Posted by Margaret Swedish on her Spirituality and Ecological Hope Blog January 22nd, 2014 Fostering Ecological Hope - Reflections on Culture and Meaning
“A couple of stories really hit home this week about the point I want to make in this post: like nature (and nothing exists outside nature), economic growth has an ecology.  If toxic chemicals and invasive species are part of Lake Michigan’s new ecology, that’s because we use toxic chemicals and flush them into the lake, or bring invasive species in on ships because it’s too expensive (say the shipping companies) to sterilize ballast. If I do anything that involves consuming things that end up with residual waste flowing into the lake (like depending on coal for any of my electric power, a lot of which is brought into port on ships), I am part of that ecosystem.”  Read the Blog  
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Pew Research on Abortion and Inequality
5 facts about abortion: January 22, marked the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s decision establishing a woman’s constitutional right to abortion in the first three months of pregnancy. Abortion remains a divisive political issue. Here are a few key facts about Americans’ views on the topic, based on recent Pew Research polling:   
The new national survey on inequality by the Pew Research Center and USA TODAY, conducted Jan. 15-19 among 1,504 adults, finds that 65% believe the gap between the rich and everyone else has increased in the last 10 years. This view is shared by majorities across nearly all groups in the public, including 68% of Democrats and 61% of Republicans.  Yet there is a sharp disagreement over whether this gap needs government attention.   
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Gun Violence – A Serious Concern
Four weeks into 2014 and there have already been eight school shootings in fifteen school days: South Carolina State, Purdue University, Albany High School and several others.  Two places you and your group can connect on advocacy against Gun Violence. Wisconsin Anti-violence Effort [state]  Americans for Responsible Solutions   [national]
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WAVE Petition for Background Checks In WI
Our goal of 7,500 signatures on our petition telling Madison to protect our families with background checks on all gun sales has been shattered and we have set a new, higher bar – 10,000! To reach that number we are going to need our friends. Will you help us build even more momentum, more public awareness, and more pressure on Madison to pass background checks?  In short, will you help by signing the petition and sharing it with others?   We will be delivering all of the petitions to the legislature at an event in the capitol at the end of February, so the sooner you share this, the better. Its a simple message that easily be passed on: Take action to help prevent gun violence.  Tell Gov. Walker and the WI legislature: Protect our families and require a background check on EVERY gun sale.  Sign the petition!
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EVENTS
Marquette University Mission Week – Feb 2-7
Each February, the Marquette community pauses to reflect on our university's Catholic, Jesuit mission. Mission week is the time set aside to recall our larger purpose and the Ignatian heritage and spirituality that guide us throughout the year. This year’s theme is “The Art and Practice of Forgiveness”. See the  Mission Week 2014 schedule 
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The Sikh and the (former) Skinhead: Love and Forgiveness Will Triumph – Feb 3
Soup with substance: Pardeep Kaleka And Arno Michaelis 12 Noon | Mon Feb 3 | Amu 227 . How is it possible for enemies to become friends and work for a common cause? Following the tragic death of Pardeep Kaleka’s father at the Sikh Temple of Milwaukee, he and former white supremacist Arno Michaelis joined forces to create a world that is absent of hate and bigotry. Their personal work of forgiveness and reconciliation is resulting in new life for others. Sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking
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When Forgiveness Must Wait: The Need for Restorative Justice – Feb 6
Soup with Substance: February 6 | Noon-1:00 p.m.| AMU 227
When is the right time to forgive, and when must it be preceded by other forms of reconciliation? Prof. Janine Geske will share her decades of experience in restorative justice and the effect it can have in healing loss or conflict.
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Race and Reconciliation – Feb 6
Soup with Substance: February 6 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. | AMU Weasler Auditorium
Father Bryan Massingale will address the profound ways in which issues of race and ethnicity can too often divide us and the possibilities for reconciliation and hope.
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Interfaith Bilingual Vigil for Immigrants – Feb 7
Tuesday, Feburary 7th - Interfaith bilingual vigil: 6:30pm at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1236 S. 27th St. Milwaukee, WI 
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ICE Vigil  - Feb 9
Thursday, February 9th- ICE vigil: 12pm across the street from Immigration and Customs Enforcement at 310 E. Knapp St. Milwaukee, WI 
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Winter Farmers' Market & Brunch at St. Sebs – Feb 9
Sunday, February 9th, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Milwaukee, Enter at 1725 N. 54th Street. No charge to shop the market!
You’ll find meat, cheese, eggs, produce, soup, preserves, baked goods, canned goods, honey, bath & body products, apples, oats, flour and more. Brunch will be served using items sourced from local producers. Potato egg strata, oatmeal brulée, applesauce, yogurt with local honey, silver dollar pancakes with Wisconsin maple syrup, apple cider, milk, coffee & tea Meal ticket suggested donations: In advance: $8/adult; $5 children; $25 family At the door: $10/$6/$30 Children 4 and under free.  FLYER
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The Way Exemplified by Pope Francis – Feb 10
The teachings, writings, words of Pope Francis Presented by Fr. Joe Aufdermauer  Monday, February 10 (Family Faith Monday), 6:15pm.  This program is part of an adult formation series at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton 12700 W. Howard Ave in New Berlin.  Phone: 262-782-6760 All are welcome.  Flyer
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Film Screening: “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars” – Feb 10
Time 7:00 pm / location: TBA Director Robert Greenwald investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through more than 70 separate interviews, including a former American drone operator who shares what he has witnessed in his own words, Pakistani families mourning loved ones and seeking legal redress from the loss of innocent life. Part of the Peace Action – Take Action Film Series – Feb 10  Check Website for details and location     
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Interfaith Earth Network Faith and Ecology Interest Group – Feb 18
7:00 – 8:30 p.m, Topic: Climate Justice & Peace, Urban Ecology Center Riverside, For more information, email KirstenS@interfaithconference.org . 
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Postcards from 53204: Today’s Immigrant Experience in Milwaukee – Feb 23
With Fr. Dave Shields and Carlos Beltrán, Location: Good Shepherd Parish - N88 W17658 Christman Rd, Menomonee Falls. Sunday, February 23, 9:45-10:45 am in the church hall. We are a nation of immigrants. But the passing of time blurs and rounds the edges of our forebears’ experience. Time tends to add glamor. Fr. David Shields, SJ and Carlos Beltrán from Casa Romero Renewal Center will talk about aspects of the contemporary immigrant experience, such as, belonging neither “here” nor “there,” worker rights, higher ed limbo, fear to be publically involved, and how Casa Romero is involved in these issues. “Hospitality is not enough. It is not enough to give a sandwich if it isn’t accompanied by the possibility of learning to stand on one’s own feet. Charity that does not change the situation of the poor is not enough.” Pope Francis Fr. David Shields, SJ, is the Founder and Executive Director of Casa Romero Renewal Center (opened in 2001). He has been working in the Latino Community in Milwaukee since 1996.    Carlos Beltrán, a graduate of Nativity Jesuit Middle School and Marquette University High School, is currently a sophomore at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He holds the Casa Romero IGNITE Internship for this year and plans on becoming a attorney, specializing in Immigration Law.
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Lobby for Kids Day – Feb 27
The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families is hosting a Lobby Day for Kids in Madison on Feb 27.  The Agenda consists of advocacy training and update on bills currently being debated by legislators and a meeting with legislators at the state capital. More information  
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The Way of the Cross, Contemporary Lives of Discipleship:– Mar 9
Contemporary lives of discipleship: Dorothy Day and others. Presented by Lincoln Rice, PhD, Sunday, March 9, 9:30 – 10:30 am, This program is part of an adult formation series at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton 12700 W. Howard Ave in New Berlin.  Phone: 262-782-6760 All are welcome.  Flyer
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"Resources for Peace" Conference – April 10-11
The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and UW–Whitewater are pleased to invite faculty members and students, as well as the public, to a joint conference to explore Resources for Peace, an Interdisciplinary Conference for Faculty and Students Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. Thursday and Friday, April 10-11, 2014 at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. Information 
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Rooted in Compassion: Cosmology, Eco-Justice and Empathetic Wisdom – Mar 28/29
Friday, March 28, 7–9 p.m., & Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m., at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Cedar Rapids Facilitators: Marc Ian Barasch & Drew Dellinger  Information on this retreat  
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Winter Farmers Markets 

REFLECTION AND PRAYER
Book Review: Urban Injustice, How Ghettos Happen
By David Hilfiker, M.D
Hilfiker writes in his introduction “When Americans want to do something about poverty, we usually set about “improving” poor people. We offer education, job skills, parenting skills and more.  This approach presumes that the primary cause of poverty rests with the poor person. In this short book Hilfiker considers poverty from a different vantage point. He suggests that the primary causes of poverty lie not in individual behavior, but in forces outside of any one person’s control.  Drawing on his experience living in the inner city and working as a doctor to people in need, Hilfiker shares what he learned about the social structures that keep people impoverished. 
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Prayer: Psalm 51:6-16
6 Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. 7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which You have broken rejoice. 9 Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners will be converted to You. 14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness. 15 O Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare Your praise. 16 For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.
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Reflection:  Shane Claiborne on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
From Red Letter Christians post Jan 22, 2014  
On January 22, 1973, the US Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade that a mother has the legal right to end her pregnancy up until the point at which the fetus can live outside of her womb. We lament the death of each child lost to abortion. We pray for each parent who has chosen to terminate a pregnancy. And we commit to become a people who welcome life in a culture of death.

It’s worth remembering today and everyday — the lives lost, the dreams vanquished, the wounds suffered from abortion.  And it is also worth remembering that love requires more than ideology… it requires responsibility.  In my neighborhood, being pro-life means we have to figure out what to do when a 14-year-old gets pregnant, and how we can all help bear the weight of that responsibility.

I want to be pro-life like Mother Teresa was pro-life.  She didn't just wear an “Abortion is murder shirt” and protest outside a clinic.  For her, being pro-life was more than being anti-abortion… it meant coming alongside teenage parents, helping raise kids that no one wanted, and taking in families who had no place to go.  That’s the kind of pro-life movement we’re talking about.  Pro-life from the womb to the tomb.

Incidentally, I recently read a compilation of the words and writing of the early (pre-fourth-century) Christians edited by Ron Sider, entitled The Early Church on Killing.  The early Christians consistently lament the culture of death and speak out —  against abortion, capital punishment, killing in the military… and gladitorial games.  With the exception of the gladitorial games, I found their words profoundly relevant to the world we live in where death is so prevalent.

Consider these words of Cyprian of Carthage, a third-century North African bishop:  “The world is going mad in mutual extermination, and murder, considered as a crime when committed individually, becomes a virtue when it is committed by large numbers. It is the multiplication of the frenzy that assures impunity to the assassins.”

Let’s renew our commitment today to reduce and eliminate abortion… Lord, give us courage and imagination to do what love requires of us.  May we not be known just by what we are against, but by what we are for.  Make us people who are not just anti-death but who are FOR LIFE.  
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