Journeys of justice and peace through the Jubilee Holy Year 2000!
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Vol. III, #4, Advent 2000
Justpeace Advent Wreath 2000
Sometime during the summer, it seems like the pace picked up a bit around here, and things haven't slowed down a bit. The last week of October our computer crashed, and we just got it back this week. It delayed a lot of web publication, but we got a lot of things done around the house, hehehe, especially on our library. We've collected about 8 good-sized boxes of justice/peace and sustainable living information, mostly stuff printed from the internet. Sifting through that has produced some great finds, the goal is to get it catalogued and indexed so it can be useful on a regular basis.
In January we begin our first weekly sewing class, to be taught by Mary Freeh here at the House. This will hopefully be followed by a cooking and a quilting class. We're distributing our "home extension department's" new flyer on keeping warm in the winter in both cyberspace and on paper here at home -- see Html version ... adobe acrobat version for the text. With Christmas coming, we've also released our Christmas Appeal.
The election has come, and hasn't apparently left yet. We remain convinced that the histories of this era written in the future will note our toxic leadership as one of the significant factors contributing to the distress of these times. We find the rhetoric coming from both sides to be hypocrisy of the worst order. These kinds of election shenanigans have been going on for a long time, and nobody has done anything about them because at one time or another both sides benefit from the ambiguities. Now the situation has risen up and bit them where it really hurts. A sensible country would take this as a wake-up call to fix the system, but while many things may be said about the United States, "sensible" is not one of them. If something doesn't work, we order up more of the same and expect that somehow we will get different results.
Fortunately, reality is not confined to what we are seeing and hearing in the United States. There remains a supernatural order and the rest of the tale remains to unfold. Our journey now takes us into Advent, we color our world with expectation and waiting, preparation and hope. We've told this story over and over, through decades and centuries, risings and fallings, growings and dyings. A virgin will conceive and bear a Son. We will call him Wonderful, Counselor, the Prince of Peace. The darkness, which is often so thick it seems it can be cut with a night, will be illuminated with light, our footsteps will no longer stumble, crooked ways will be made straight, valleys elevated and mountains leveled.
God will hear the cry of his people and send Redemption, Beauty, Justice, Wisdom, and Truth. The humble will be exalted, the proud will be humbled, and the mighty will be cast down from their thrones. It is a story so mighty, and yet so practical, that one almost is afraid to trust in its glorious hope. How can it possibly be that a child born to a humble working class family in a conquered land is the bringer of such promise? Yet we know this is so, not simply because it is written in a venerable and ancient book, a story handed down from our ancestors, but also because we experience this Redemption, Beauty, Justice, Wisdom, and Truth right now in real time. Even so, come Lord Jesus!
On the memorial of Charles de Foucauld, founder of the Little Brothers of the Poor, and the Commemoration of the Refusal of Rosa Parks to sit in the back of the bus.
Robert Waldrop, for the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House -- and also Sean and Shawn and Tammy and Ashley the humans (Josh and Nick having moved out of state to be with their families), and Crooked Paw, Callie, Skitz, and Mother of Nations, Salem and Scairdy-cat the kitties, and Sassie and Sallie and Pixie the dogs, (Bambi the dog leaving with Josh, we gained two cats and lost one dog)
Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House, 1524 NW 21st, Oklahoma City, OK 73106, 405-557-0436.
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Justpeace Crossroads TOP
Jubilee of Politicians and Government Leaders, homily of Pope John Paul II. "Certainly, the application of these (Catholic social principles) principles to the complexities of political life will often and inevitably meet up with situations, problems and circumstances which can legitimately give rise to diverse concrete judgements. Yet at the same time there is no justification for a pragmatism which, even with regard to essential and fundamental values of social life, would reduce politics to the mere balancing of interests or, worse yet, to a matter of demagogy or of winning votes. If legislation cannot and must not be coextensive with the whole of the moral law, neither can it run "counter" to the moral law."
Apostolic Letter proclaiming St. Thomas More as patron saint of politicians, John Paul II.
Sudan's cry for peace, from the Office of Social Development of the US Catholic Bishops, chronicles the pain and suffering of the Sudanese people.
Whose birthday is it anyway? From Alternatives for Simple Living. Check out their Carols with Justice.
OneWorld.Org, exploring the new medium of internet communication to facilitate worldwide work of social justice, articles, links, campaigns.
Charity Village, Canada's supersite for non-profit organizations.
Global Board for Church and Society, of the United Methodist Church. Social witness and justice ministries, access and info.
Serbia deploys peacekeeping forces to the US. Yes, the Justpeace Front Page is ignoring the presidential election fuss, but we do appreciate the various humor articles that our deadlocked election system is inspiring, especially the "Revocation of Independence" proclamation that has circulated around via email.
Solidarity, Orthopraxis, Community Development TOP
Orthopraxis refers to practicing what you preach.
The Seton Institute, established by the Daughters of Charity to assist people in the developed countries who want to partner with and be in practical solidarity with people in poor countries.
Carecen - New York, The Central American Refugee Center, plentiful access to Central American solidarity. Excerpts from the UN Truth Commission Report on the Assasination of Archbishop Oscar Romero,
Wings of Valor, dedicated to rebuilding lives torn apart by war, poverty, and disaster.
BOND, British Overseas NGO's for Development, association of 221 British voluntary organizations involved with overseas development projects.
Resource Center of the Americas, "one stop accessing" for much information concerning social justice in the Western Hemisphere.
Good News India, "of positive action, steely endeavor, and quiet triumphs."
Rrojas Databank, the political economy of development studies, an academic site referencing, archiving, linking development studies, this is a big source with lots of articles.. E.g. The Crimes of the Chilean Generals. Indices include globalization, poverty, sustainability.
The state of food insecurity in the world, 1999, from the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Poverello House, nondenominational charity serving the poor and homeless in Fresno, California.
Reflections during Advent, by Dorothy Day, written in 1966.
Memories of Dorothy Day, November 29, 2000 was the 20th anniversary of Dorothy Day's "birth into glory and history". This page at CatholicWorker.org collects some on-line memories of her life and ministry. In particular, see An Introduction to the Life and Spirituality of Dorothy Day.
Dorothy Day, Servant of God, canonization page at CatholicWorker.org offers access to the process of her recognition by the Church as a saint.
On Pilgrimage, January 1965, Dorothy's column from the Catholic Worker. Discusses many topics, including the practicalities of being cold in the winter, and has an extensive and beautiful quote from Ghandi regarding his own personal process of embracing poverty.
Dorothy Day and the Light of the East, Eastern Christianity, Fathers of the Desert, Dostoevsky, by Mark and Louise Zwick, Houston Catholic Worker.
A Resource Book for Morning and Evening Prayer, from he Vincentians.
BlessedPier Giorgio Frassatti, from Catholic Action in Italy, access to another Vincentian saint.
Pastoral Letter on Justice, from the Archbishop of Southwark in England.
For each month's prayer intentions of the Holy Father, with complementary readings, see the Catholic Information Network's Apostleship of Prayer.
Virtual Rosary Online!
For the sake of profit many sin, and the struggle for wealth blinds the eyes. Sirach 27:1
World Bank/IMF Watch TOP Envy not the lawless man and choose none of his ways. Proverbs 3:31
Tangled up in blue, corporate partnerships at the United Nations, from Corp Watch.
The Struggle for a deglobalized world, excerpts from presentations at the demonstrations at the World Economic Forum in Melbourne, Australia, in September 2000. Discusses the "pig in the poke" that poor nations got when they signed on the WTO, and suggests alternatives.
One World's Guide to the World Bank/IMF,
He who oppresses the poor blasphemes his Maker. Proverbs 14:31a
Happy are those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked. Psalm 1:1a
He who oppresses the poor blasphemes his Maker. Proverbs 14:31a
Disasters and Emergency Relief TOP
They ask their mothers, "Where is the cereal?" -- in vain, as they faint away like the wounded in the streets of the city, and breathe their last in their mothers' arms. Lamentations 2:12
ReliefWeb from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Complex Emergencies, information about on-going emergencies and various countries of concern to the humanitarian community. There isn't very much good news here. ReliefNet Home Page non-profit helping humanitarian organizations raise global awareness and encourage support for relief efforts via the Internet. AlertNet, a news and communications service from the Reuter Foundation for the emergency relief community, has press releases from leading relief agencies, expert analyses, reviews of key issues and events, jobs notice board. Has a focus page on Kosovo. Direct from the Field, reports from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world's largest humanitarian network. DisasterRelief.Org, worldwide disaster aid and information via the internet. Some very sad and tragic stories here.
Kosovo Regional Emergency, from Catholic Relief Services Kosovo Humanitarian Aid and Discussion links
Happy are those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked. Psalm 1:1a
Remember the time of hunger in the time of plenty; poverty and want in the day of wealth. Sirach 18:25 TOP
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Even to the death fight for truth, and the Lord your God will battle for you. Sirach 4:28
My son, rob not the poor man of his livelihood, force not the eyes of the needy to turn away.
A hungry man grieve not, a needy man anger not; do not exasperate the downtrodden;
delay not to give to the needy. A beggar in distress do not reject;
avert not your face from the poor. From the needy turn
not your eyes, give no one reason to curse you.
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The just have a care for the rights of the poor;
the wicked have no such concern.
The mystery of the poor is this: that they are Jesus, and what you do for
them you do for Him. It is the only way we have of knowing
and believing in our love. The mystery of poverty
is that by sharing in it, making ourselves poor
in giving to others, we increase our
knowledge of and belief in love.
Dorothy Day of New York,
Confessor and Catholic Worker
What we do here is very little,
but it is like the little boy with a few loaves and fishes. . .
Christ took that little and increased it; He will do the rest.
What we do is so little that we may seem to be constantly failing --
but, then so did He; He met with apparent failure on the Cross. . .
unless the seed fall into the earth and die, there is not a harvest.
And why must we see the results of our giving?
Our work is to sow -- another generation will be reaping the harvest.
O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you.
Avoid profane babbling and the absurdities of so-called knowledge.
By professing it, some people have deviated from the faith.
Grace be with all of you. 1 Timothy 6:20-21
Copyright (c) 1998, 1999, 2000 by Robert Waldrop
This is me (Spring 1999) while working at Catholic Charities in Oklahoma City earlier this year. Note the clean and well-organized desk.