The thrones of the arrogant God overturns and establishes the lowly in their place; the roots of the proud God plucks up, to plant the humble in their place. Sirach 10:14
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Welcome to the Justpeace Front Page SPECIAL EDITION for Election Day 1998, USA. + Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ +
Today we offer only prayer and the
Word of God, reparations for the
evils of this age, prayers of
hope for a better tomorrow.
October 27 - November 3 Justpeace Front Page
Here is what GOD says about the poor.
You rule and judge all nations,
You scatter the arrogant of mind and heart,
You cast down rulers from their thrones and raise up the lowly.
Today we elect those who will serve in our government:
the voices that call us to go this way or that way are confusing,
the signs of these times that we must discern are tragic and unjust,
the culture of death that afflicts all people is powerful.
Open our eyes to see your Reign in history,
our hearts to share your love with all people,
our ears to hear the cry of the widow, the orphan, and the stranger among us.
Send your Holy Spirit upon the people of this land:
Teach us to make wise and prudent decisions.
Increase our faith and hope.
Help us to live the Gospel we profess.
May all who are elected this day:
and walk humbly before You and all people.
We ask for these blessings,
confident in your providence through all time,
calling upon Mary our Mother
and all the saints who have served the cause of justice,
through your Son, Jesus Christ, Redeemer and Savior, Amen.
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The background of this page has been turned
black to graphically represent the gravity
of the political situation in the United States on
this Election Day. Crises abound at home and abroad,
while the ruling political and economic elites of
this country frivolously squander time, resources,
and credibility on an orgy of greed, lust, and injustice.
To discover solutions to this tragic situation look in the mirror.
Try your neighborhoods and communities, churches
and schools, coffee shops and beauty parlors
and barber shops. Look around the dinner table,
as you eat and pray with your family. Poli-tricks are not
the path to the Kingdom of God.
Today's problems are pre-eminently moral.
We must seek the Truth which makes us free so
that we can discern the signs of the times and
make prudent and wise decisions.
Fast and pray this Election Day. Fulfill your civic duties
and responsibilities, pray for guidance so that you make wise
choices for candidates and causes to vote for,
do the works of justice, mercy,
To learn more about what is necessary,
consult the Gospel of Justice and Peace.
Robert Waldrop, Justpeace Webservant
The Memorial of St. Martin de Porres, AD 1998.
Judge of the Earth,
Give the proud what they deserve.
How long, Lord, shall the wicked glory?
How long will they mouth haughty speeches,
Go on boasting, all these eVildoers?
They crush your people, Lord,
They torment your very own.
They kill the widow and alien;
The fatherless they murder.
They say, "The Lord does not see;
The God of Jacob takes no notice."
Understand, you stUpid people!
You fools, when will you be wise?
Does the one who shaped the ear not hear?
The one who formed the eye not see?
Does the one who guides nations not rebuke?
The one who teaches man not have knowledge?
The Lord does know human plans,
They are only puffs of air.
Thus says the Lord: Each morning
dispense justice, rescue the oppressed
from the hand of the oppressor,
lest my fury break out like
fire which burns without
being clenched, because of
the evil of your deeds. Jeremiah 21:11-12
Strengthen the hands that are
feeble, make firm the knees that
are weak, say to those whose
hearts are frightened, Be strong,
fear not! Here is your God, he
comes with vindication,
with divine recompense he comes
to save you. Then will the eyes of
the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared.
For strange are the works of the Lord,
hidden from men his deeds.
The oppressed often rise to a throne,
and some that none would consider wear a crown.
The exalted often fall into utter disgrace. Sirah 11:4b-6a
From the Holy Father. . .
From the Holy Father. . .TOP
Mention should also be made of the practical and as it were experiential dimension of this
teaching, which is to be found at the crossroads where Christian life and conscience come
into contact with the real world. This teaching is seen in the efforts of individuals, families,
people involved in cultural and social life, as well as politicians and statesmen to give it a
concrete form and application in history. Centesimus Annus 59
The VIEW from OAKLEY STREET:
Previous Editorial commentaries by Robert Waldrop
+ A LAMENT Concerning the Foreign Policy of the U.S.A.
+ A LAMENT for the SUMMER of 1998
+ Congress, the Presidency, and the Culture of Death
+ President Clinton Should Resign,
+ Works of Justice and Peace
+++ Send email to James Wolfensohn, chairman of the World Bank. Share your concern for his soul due to his bank's cruel persecution of the poor. Read Robert Waldrop's Letter +++ Pray for the conversion of James D. Wolfensohn
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. Sirach 4:1-5
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The just have a care for the rights of the poor;
the wicked have no such concern.
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