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Catholics for Peace and Justice January 2014 Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
JANUARY 2014 Newsletter

As we begin a New Year, the following thoughts of a kindred friend need to be shared... 

To those of you who wake up in the middle of the night, possibly confused, and aching for a world that seems to be sound asleep at the wheel while driving straight toward a cliff, thank you for your loving compassionate heart and your ability to see through the illusions of our culture. Just remember, we are just one person and it is not our 'job' to fix the world.

Our job is to live as authentically and faithfully in Christ as we can each day and as such, our real work in the world will find us. We all have been blessed with very important gifts we can in turn give back to God and the world. Though many of these gifts seem small in the moment, together they may change the world for another soul, and over a lifetime, impact our part of the world
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Migration Week is January 5-11. Please engage in the simple legislative actions listed below on Jan 7, 8 and 9 and ask others to do the same. They are simple, but important actions that will take you less than 5 min. per day. 

For ongoing updates and social justice resources visit www.catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org

Blessings of a New Year!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL
The 21 Most Important Quotes from Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium – The Joy of the Gospel
Pope Francis New Years Day Peace Message
Putting Pope Francis in Perspective

ACTIONS AND ISSUES 
National Migration Week Resources and Actions - January 5 - 11, 2014
Mexican Immigrants – Deported to Homeless
11x15 Campaign Update – Lost in the Prison System
One Human Family, Food for All Campaign
Common Ground Update
Network Responds to Federal Budget Agreement
"A Challenge to Our Future" Child Poverty in Wisconsin Report 
Supreme Court Temporarily Allows Non-coverage of Birth Control
Are We Suffering From A Lack Of Empathy? 
How The Church Can Help Promote Sustainable Development Goals

EVENTS
The Role of an Animator in Our Work for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation – Jan 5
Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogues – Jan 9 and Ongoing
Catholics for Peace and Justice Common Ground Core Team Meeting – Jan 14
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Prayer Service – Jan 18
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Annual Justice Program and March – Jan 20
Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass – Jan 22
Solar Energy Power Hour – Jan 23
Making Waves for Water – Jan 26
Marquette University Mission Week – Feb 2-7
"Resources for Peace" Conference – April 10-11
Winter Farmers Markets  

PRAY, STUDY, REFLECT
Book Review: “Compassion, A Reflection on the Christian Life” 
Reflection: We Are Busy People by Frank Pauc
Prayer: That Which I Give My Energy To


GENERAL
The 21 Most Important Quotes from Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium – The Joy of the Gospel
For those who have not yet read the real thing and often resort to reading “cliff notes”, check out this excerpt article
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Pope Francis New Years Day Peace Message
Pope Francis delivered “Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace” for the traditional celebration of the World Day of Peace. In his address Francis speaks of the global network of today’s world that makes us “powerfully aware of the unity and common destiny” of all nations. At the same time our lack of reference to our One Father as our ultimate reference leaves us with “contemporary ethical systems [that] remain incapable of producing authentic bonds of fraternity.”  Read the Word Day of Peace message  
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Putting Pope Francis in Perspective
By Frank Pauc – As printed in the Journal Sentinel
There have been numerous articles written in this country concerning Pope Francis' views on capitalism. Many of the writers misunderstand Pope Francis' comments because they misunderstand the nature of his work and that of the Catholic Church. We Americans tend to see the world through the lens our own limited experience. This is both understandable and unfortunate. It is difficult for us to look beyond our own interests and problems. We have trouble accepting the notion that perhaps Pope Francis is not primarily concerned with the United States.

Pope Francis is the leader of a billion-person-strong organization that spans the globe. The Catholic Church is multi-racial, multi-cultural, and multi-lingual. Americans make up, at best, six percent of the Church's population. The Church is ten times as old as the United States, and it takes the long view of things in almost all cases. The pope chose as his model a saint who has been dead for nearly eight hundred years. In contrast, people in this country have difficulty remembering the names of their heroes from the previous year.
 
Pope Francis speaks for the majority of Catholics in the world who are poor. He speaks for the millions who struggle to survive each day. He speaks for those who have not received any of the benefits of capitalism. 
Pope Francis is not necessarily concerned with the current American version of capitalism. The Church has seen all manner of economic and political systems come and go throughout its long history. When the pope attacks the excesses of capitalism, he is really attacking greed, one of the seven deadly sins. Greed is one of things that has not changed over the millennia.
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ISSUES AND ACTIONS
National Migration Week Resources and Actions - January 5 - 11, 2014
National Migration Week 2014 will take place January 5-11 with the theme, "Out of the Darkness." Migrants and particularly the most vulnerable migrants: children, the undocumented, refugees, and victims of human trafficking, often find themselves existing in a kind of figurative darkness where their options remain limited and their ability to live out their lives in its fullness severely restricted. Often at risk of violence or exploitation these vulnerable populations need to be provided the support needed so that they can thrive.  

The outlook for Immigration Reform in 2014 is positive with Speaker Boehner’s appointment of Rebecca Tallent, a longtime immigration adviser to S. McCain as director of immigration policy and President Obama’s priority commitment to reform.  Actions in support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform for Migration Week are listed in detail below.  Please participate and ask 5 other people to do the same. 

Find out more at the USCCB/MRS National Migration Week homepage 
National Migration Week information sheet (including other advocacy activities you can do)  

Advocacy activities you are urged to do during the week:  - Website version to share  
   Tuesday, Jan. 7 - Send a JFI e-postcard for the national electronic advocacy day.
   Wednesday, Jan. 8 - Participate in the JFI National Call-In Day to Congress.  Use the toll free number, 1-855-589-5698, to call your Representative and ask them to “Support a path to citizenship and oppose the SAFE Act.” 
   Thursday, Jan. 9 - Post on Facebook, Tweet and re-Tweet your support for Immigrants during the JFI National Social Media Day.

Didn't get this information into your parish bulletin or newsletter for Migration week?  Pick another week!!!
   Background: USCCB News Release on National Migration Week 2014  
   Parish bulletin insert  
   Bilingual prayer card 

Migrant Children are one of the most vulnerable migrant populations, open as they are to exploitation and abuse. Special protections should be given to them to ensure their safety and well-being. To learn more about what the Church is doing to support child migrants, please click here.   
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Mexican Immigrants – Deported to Homelessness
Justice for Immigrants posted this article on Facebook--a disturbing look at what currently happens to the thousands of Mexicans being deported by the Obama Administration. If your time is limited, please read at least the first full section laying out the numbers and describing the passageway for returning migrants from San Diego over the broad "sewage ditch" into Tijuana, Mexico. Be sure to see all 14 photos.  The Deported: Life on the Wrong Side of the Border for Repatriated Mexicans 
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11x15 Campaign Update – Lost in the Prison System
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of prisoners in Wisconsin's state prison system are being held far beyond the time their sentencing judge envisioned.  Nearly all people sentenced to prison before the advent of "Truth In Sentencing" on January 1, 2000 are eligible for parole.  But, parole is now only rarely granted.  Many who have been in prison for fifteen, twenty, or more years have done everything possible to comply with the conditions for their release, yet have encountered a system that makes their release impossible. 

On December 17 the WISDOM 11x15 Campaign held a rally and press event at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison then proceeded to the Governor’s office to call on him to direct the Department of Corrections and the Parole Commission to enforce the law as it was intended.  The WISDOM group met for an hour with Waylon Hurlburt the Senior Policy Analyst to the governor.   Hurlburt said the Governor had not known about this issue but added that Walker has interest and has promised a meeting before the end of January to consider and respond to our requests to: Review the cases of each prisoner that was sentenced under the Old Law, Direct the Parole Commission and the Department of Corrections to work together to create a path to parole for these men and women, Call for a study and issue a public report to offer transparency to the number of prisoners this would impact and how the issue would be resolved  
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Call Governor Walker's office and thank him for the meeting and let him know that you look forward to a positive response in the meeting with WISDOM next month.  Governor Walker's phone number is (608) 266-1212.

WISDOM President Sandy Milligan.  "As a faith community, we will not accept that human beings can just be forgotten and lost in the maze of a bureaucracy.  As citizens, we expect our government institutions, including the prison system, to be accountable and to be transparent about their plans for these men and women"  
Read JSOnline article here.  To learn more about this program and/or how to get involved contact Joel Gaughan at jgaughan1@wi.rr.com  
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One Human Family, Food for All Campaign
“Food is not just a basic need but it is also a right. It is a right which is trampled on every day for the 842 million children, women and men who are hungry in the world. “We are in front of a global scandal of around one billion – one billion people who still suffer from hunger today. We cannot look the other way and pretend this does not exist. The food available in the world is enough to feed everyone.”  Pope Francis 
Follow the One Human Family, Food for All campaign at Caritas.  Looking for resources to educate your church on poverty and hunger?  Check out the Poverty USA and Caritas International   websites  “Enormous quantities of food are thrown away every day. Over the course of a year, about one third of global food production is lost or wasted.  The problem is the worst in rich countries. In Europe and North America, the average person wastes between 95 and 115 kilograms of food every year.”  
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Common Ground Update
Catholics for Peace and Justice is a member of Common Ground.  Looking for a way to be a part of Common Ground?  Join us- Catholics for Peace and Justice Common Ground Core Team.  We meet quarterly. Our next meeting is January 14th at 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Panera 15040 W Greenfield Ave, just east of Moorland Rd.  Contact Mary Kleist at maryakleist@sbcglobal.net  for more information.
Full Common Ground Update    
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Network Responds to Federal Budget Agreement
NETWORK’s reaction to the current congressional budget deal can best be described as decidedly mixed. Read the statement here.  
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"A Challenge to Our Future" Child Poverty in Wisconsin Report 
Child poverty has grown sharply in Wisconsin in recent years. About one in five Wisconsin children — over a quarter of a million total — live below the poverty line. This disturbing trend is contributing to a host of problems that affect everyone in the state – families living in poverty are not the only ones impacted, entire communities are affected as well.  Review the Report  and Press Release from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.    
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Supreme Court Temporarily Allows Non-coverage of Birth Control
The Washington Post reports that “The Obama administration faced a fresh challenge to its health-care law just as many of its key provisions took effect Wednesday, after an eleventh-hour Supreme Court ruling temporarily allowed some Catholic groups not to cover birth control in their employee health plans.” Read More 
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Are We Suffering From A Lack Of Empathy? 
In social contexts, empathy is a response enabling the understanding of others' emotional states. Empathy can lead to pro-social behaviors–voluntary actions with the intent to benefit someone else.  In Where is the Love?  NY Times Op-Ed Columnist Nicholas Kristof notes “For those who are well-off, it may be easier to castigate the irresponsibility of the poor than to recognize that success in life is a reflection not only of enterprise and willpower, but also of random chance and early upbringing. Low-income Americans, who actually encounter the needy in daily life, understand this complexity and respond with empathy. Researchers say that’s why the poorest 20 percent of Americans donate more to charity, as a fraction of their incomes, than the richest 20 percent.” Kristof’s article should be a reminder of the importance in social justice ministry of bringing people face to face to share and understand their experiences.  Read “Where is the Love?  
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How The Church Can Help Promote Sustainable Development Goals
How to achieve a path to sustainable development is the most important problem facing the world today.  There is no possibility for success unless the world unites in an ethical vision defending humanity and nature. The social doctrines and moral teachings of the church are vital in building that ethical framework  Read the article 
“Man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.” President Kennedy in his inaugural address in 1961
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EVENTS
The Role of an Animator in Our Work for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation – Jan 5
The sisters of St. Francis of Assisi invite you to a presentation by Irish Franciscan Friar Francisco Gearoid O Conaire, OFM. The role of an animator is foundational to the role of activism in working for justice, but the two are not the same. Begin the New Year with an inspirational presentation that will speak to the work of restoring right relationps with God, with Oneself with Others With Creation.  Sunday, January 5, 2014 1 to 4 pm. St. Francis Convent – The Troubadour Room, 3221 S. Lake Dr., St. Francis WI. RSVP by January 3 to Sr. Kathy Dreie KathyDreie@hotmail.com or 414.412.2983 Free Will Offering.
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Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogues – Jan 9 and Ongoing
Join the dialogue. Change your life. Transform the world. People of all faiths and no faith, all spiritualities and philosophies gather in small groups to share a meal and participate in a moderated discussion using a proven model, evoking deep exchanges about lived experiences and the role of faith or spirituality in their lives. Through exploration and dialogue, participants learn about the beliefs and traditions of others within an atmosphere of respect and understanding, and are empowered to stand as witnesses for tolerance. Go to the Interfaith Conference website for more information.  
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Catholics for Peace and Justice Common Ground Core Team Meeting – Jan 14
Catholics for Peace and Justice is a member of Common Ground.  Looking for a way to be a part of Common Ground?  Join us- Catholics for Peace and Justice Common Ground Core Team.  We meet quarterly. Our next meeting is January 14th at 4:30 until 6:00 p.m. at Panera 15040 W Greenfield Ave, just east of Moorland Rd. Contact Mary Kleist at maryakleist@sbcglobal.net  for more information. 
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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Prayer Service – Jan 18
January 18, 2014.  St Martin de Porres Parish will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Prayer Service on Saturday, January 18, 2014, with a Music Prelude beginning at 1:30 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 2:00 p.m.  Brother Roy Smith, CSC, will be the featured speaker.  Br. Smith is the former president of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus.  St. Martin de Porres Parish is located at 128 West Burleigh Street in Milwaukee.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Annual Justice Program and March – Jan 20
Mon., Jan. 20, 2014, 1:00 pm, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1:00 pm Program Indoors Commemorating Dr. King and his call to confront racism, militarism, poverty and economic injustice. Performing artists Dorothy Jackson and Fred Reed, Play reading: “Project Unspeakable” on King’s assas­si­na­tion. Honoring the work of local groups working for a living wage. 2:30 pm – March to the Dr. King Statue, open mic M.L. King Dr., 1 block north of Walnut (3 block walk) Sponsored by Milwaukee Justice Coalition.  More info at Peace Action WI 
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Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass and Rosary Walk for Life – Jan 22
January 22, 2014. Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass on the Day of Prayer and Penance on the 41th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade.   Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish will host this event with a Rosary starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by Mass beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish is located at 2224 45th Street in Kenosha. Get the details at here. A Rosary Walk for Life will be held at 1:30 pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee. Information 
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Solar Energy Power Hour – Jan 23
Solar Energy POWER HOUR! Presented by The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA). Come to the Power Hour, and learn the basics of solar technology and solar economics. Discover how to get a free solar site assessment, receive information about qualified local solar installers and equipment suppliers, and learn about available solar incentive programs for home and business owners. Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. 601 N University Dr., Waukesha, (former Good Shepherd Church building; Summit & University), $5 free will donation suggested at the door. Sponsored by Waukesha County Green Team. Registration   
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Making Waves for Water – Jan 26
An action oriented, family friendly open house to honor, protect and conserve a sacred resource. Sunday, January 26, 2014, Open House 1:00-4:00 PM, Interfaith Opening Ceremony @ 1:30 PM, Milwaukee Community Sailing Center, 1450 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee. When was the last time you thought about water? Perhaps it is time to turn your thoughts to this life-giving resource, and join the Interfaith Earth Network (IEN) for Making Waves for Water, where you will encounter practical, spiritual, and educational ideas for people of all faiths and philosophies. In a beautiful space surrounded by the waters of Lake Michigan, you will meet members of water-focused organizations, faith-based green teams, businesses, and others. Beyond all these opportunities, the event is also the launch of GreenFaith's nationwide Water Shield program. For more information go to  www.interfaithearthnetwork.org  or email KirstenS@interfaithconference.org.
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Marquette University Mission Week – Feb 2-7
February 2-7, 2014. 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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"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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Winter Farmers Markets  
Click here for a list of Winter Farmers Markets

PRAY, STUDY, REFLECT
Book Review: Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life” 
Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life. McNeill, Morrison, Nouwen. 1982. One of the earliest books on compassion from a Christian perspective, the authors offer a beautiful, comprehensive presentation of “the compassionate God,” “the compassionate life,” and “the compassionate way.” A valuable book for those seeking an in-depth understanding of compassion centered on the life and teachings of Christ. 
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Reflection: We Are Busy People
From Frank Pauc
We are busy people. As a society, we race through life at a breakneck speed, always trying to keep up with our various commitments. If we do pause to catch our breath, there is usually somebody or something to remind us of all the other jobs in the world that need to be done. This monthly newsletter fills that role quite nicely. 
It is good to be active, but there are obvious drawbacks involved in doing that to excess. For one thing, endless activity guarantees physical and spiritual exhaustion. Along with that comes a lack of perspective, an inability to see the forest for the trees. A person who is constantly rushing around is often unable to focus on the task at hand. That person is also unable to appreciate the beauty of the world that surrounds him or her. 
Catholicism has a number of proven remedies for the problems that stem from a frenetic lifestyle. The Church offers retreats. There are groups for centered prayer. There are quiet, seldom-used chapels where people can meditate alone. There is the Mass. The Church recognizes that, if even Christ needed to rest and pray, then clearly his frail disciples should do so. 

The problem is that we don't do so. We have been infected by the restlessness of our culture, a feverish sort of perpetual motion. We've bought into the lie that, like Alice in Wonderland, we have to keep running as fast as we can just to stay in the same place. We don't know how to stop any more. 

It doesn't have to be like this. There are still groups in our local community who refuse to play this game. I have spent a number of Shabbat meals with Rabbi Shlomo Levin and his family. On Shabbat his Orthodox Jewish community rests. People get together to eat and pray and enjoy each others company. Nobody is in a rush to go anywhere or to do anything. Catholics used to be like that on Sundays. We lost our respect for the Sabbath, and we are all the worse for it.

A frantic lifestyle is not limited to only those people who are chasing power, money, or pleasure. People with the best intentions fall into the same trap. Anybody reading this newsletter is by definition an active and caring individual. Anybody reading this article is probably trying to cram too many activities into too little time. Why is that?

Needs are infinite, but our abilities and assets are not. There is a temptation for caring people to try and save the world. We can't do that, and the truth is we don't have to. Christ already did that. Our job is to do whatever we can, and no more. God wants us to use our gifts to the fullest and to become whomever He wants us to be. However, God expects us to be wise enough to recognize out limitations.

Other religious traditions deal with the same issues. There is a saying in Judaism that by saving one life, you save the whole world. In Buddhism, there are the Four Great Vows. The vows are:

Sentient beings are numberless, I vow to save them all.  
Delusions are endless, I vow to cut through them all. 
The teachings are infinite, I vow to learn them all. 
The Buddha way is inconceivable, I vow to attain it." 

At Zen practice we recite these vows after every sitting practice. The vows are clearly and intentionally beyond the human capacity to attain. However, everybody at meditation practice knows this and accepts these vows as noble, if physically impossible goals. We strive for these things, knowing full well that we can never truly grasp them. It is the effort and intention that matter, not the final result.

I go back to my earlier comment about losing perspective. It is easy for a person of goodwill to focus on the great issues of our time: immigration reform, stopping wars, fighting hunger, saving the environment. A person can make great efforts to solve these global problems and become totally oblivious to the suffering of those nearby. What good is it if I devote endless hours working for a cause, but I fail to see my children grow up? How do I help the world if my well-intentioned activities cause me to ignore my wife? How can I be Christ to others if I don't have time to listen to them?

Life as a Catholic is a balancing act. We have to be in the world, but not of the world. We have to know ourselves.  
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Prayer: That Which I Give My Energy To
That which I give my energy to;
Which I love, hate, find challenging, demanding, frustrating, rewarding:
This is my work - that which I must do on a daily basis in order to live and to prove that I am fully alive.
Lord, thank you that as we work in the world, engaging our best energies in that which is before us, you work within us through that same struggle, the fabric of our redemption.  
Kathy Keary
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