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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Advent 1998 and a wreath of blessed candles.

May your Thanksgiving Holy-day be a blessed day of fellowship, family, and community.

This week along the way. Sometime on the 15th, my modem was fried by some random electrical event. This put me and this publication into cyber-purgatory, which is why we didn't publish this past week. Meanwhile, cyberspace moved along quite well without me, but there was some interesting stuff in the mailbox when I returned. The bishops set the wires to burning with some of their decisions, and they are asking us to make a Jubilee pledge. (See Crossroads below.) An escalation in the US violence against Iraq was averted at the latest possible moment, but the embargo continues. The weakest and most defenseless in that society are paying the price. Let us keep all those who reside in places of violence in our prayers during this holy-day season. Be sure to come back for a visit on the First Sunday of Advent, and view the Justpeace Advent Wreath and meditations on the lectionary readings for the season. The Holy Father has dedicated this coming Advent year of the Millennium Jubilee to the poor and charity. Love for others, and in the first place love for the poor, in whom the Church sees Christ himself, is made concrete in the promotion of justice. Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 1991

Here's what God says about the poor and justice.

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Crossroads. Our weekly featured news, views, connections, networks, links.

Disasters and Emergency Relief. The primary sites are updated daily.

Living on the Earth as if people and other living things mattered. Simple, prudent, and frugal living.

Solidarity, Orthopraxis, Community Development. Reports, news, views, links, resources, from and about them that's doin'.

World Bank/IMF Watch. We keep our eye on these primary global structures of sin.

Spirituality Source of orthopraxis.

Food Security, a fundamental right, a community duty..

Justpeace Crossroads TOP

Statement on Iraq, from the Most Reverend Anthony M. Pilla, November 19, 1998.

Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics, statement of the Catholic Bishops of the United States, November 1998. Calls Catholics to respect human life from conception to natural death. "The Gospel of Life must be proclaimed, and human life defended, in all places and all times. The arena for moral responsibility includes not only the halls of government, but the voting booth as well. Laws that permit abortion, euthanasia, and assisted suicide are profoundly unjust, and we should work peacefully and tirelessly to oppose and change them. Because they are unjust they cannot bind citizens in conscience, be supported, acquiesced in, or recognized as valid. Our nation cannot countenance the continued existence in our society of such fundamental violations of human rights." Section 32.

The Synod for Oceania, from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops, access to the lineamata and the proceedings.

Everyday Christianity: To Hunger and Thirst for Justice, a Pastoral Reflection on Lay Discipleship for Justice in a New Millennium, from the United States Catholic Bishops. Invites all Catholics to make a justice commitment for the new millennium. Due to its importance, I am reproducing it here in full:

Jubilee Pledge for Charity, Justice, and Peace

A Catholic Commitment for the New Millennium

As disciples of Jesus in the new Millennium, I (or we) pledge to:

PRAY regularly for greater justice and peace.

LEARN more about Catholic social teaching and its call to protect human life, stand with the poor, and care for creation.

REACH across boundaries of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, and disabling conditions.

LIVE justly in family life, school, work, the marketplace, and the political arena.

SERVE those who are poor and vulnerable, sharing more time and talent.

GIVE more generously to those in need at home and abroad.

ADVOCATE public policies that protect human life, promote human dignity, preserve God's creation, and build peace.

ENCOURAGE others to work for greater charity, justice, and peace.

Solidarity, Orthopraxis, Community Development TOP

Orthopraxis refers to practicing what you preach.

World Hunger Year big site with lots of links and information about hunger. Reinvesting in America, excellent seven page discussions about neighborhood initiatives. Has big link page.

St. Anthony Foundation, Franciscan, sponsors a full range of social services in solidarity with the poor in San Francisco, California. Justice unites with charity.

National Catholic Rural Life Conference, has sent a fax alert inviting all to join in a fast on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27th, in solidarity with all farmworkers. Farm labor is among the 3 most dangerous jobs in the country, yet farmworkers' real wages continue to decline (by more than 20% 1977 - 1997). They sleep in pesticide-laden fields, along riverbanks, and in other unsafe places. Their kids often don't get to go to school. All who join in the fast are invited to donate the money they would have spent for food on that day directly to individual farmworker families, or to farmworker organizations, such as the Catholic Migrant Farmworkers Network, whose site has a lot of good access information for this issue.

Spirituality TOP

Advent to
Epiphany:  Celebrating The Christmas Cycle

Daily Scripture Readings, from the website of the United States Catholic Bishops.

JOHN PAUL II'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR OCTOBER: General prayer intention: For the victims of drugs and for all those who work towards their human and social recovery. Missionary intention: That the spreading of "sects" may stimulate the local Churches to appreciate with a renewed vitality the true gifts of the Spirit.

Virtual Rosary Online
Virtual Rosary Online!


Food Security TOP

Community Food Security Coalition. Food security is where all people have nutritionally adequate, culturally acceptable diet at all times through local non-emergency sources. Has a number of publications, access to federal money for urban agriculture (community gardens and etc.)

Community Supported Agriculture of North America, the University of Massachusetts Extension.

American Community Gardening Association, "greening America's communities". Has a database of questions and answers related to community gardening and horticulture.

Homeless Garden Project, located in Santa Cruz, California, founded in 1990, offers a 3 year job-training and transitional employment program for homeless and marginalized people. Operates a commercial organic garden cultivating at 3 sites in the area.

Breedlove Dehydrated Foods, a nonprofit organization in Lubbock, Texas that provides low cost food to charities for use in hunger relief projects (US and international). It owns its own state-of-the-art processing facility, that has provided over 28 million pounds of dehydrated vegetables (mostly potatoes and carrots) since 1994. It is the first full-scale, non-profit facility of its kind in the world. Funds to operate the plant come from donations, processing fees for non-profit agencies, and some retail sales to the public. No government funds are involved. Individuals and families may purchase their product via the web at Harvest Ladle Foods, which is owned by Breedlove. Their prices are very reasonable for dehydrated food products.

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. . . No links this week, but news is on the wire that the head of the IMF, Michael Camdessus, is being described as a "practicing Catholic." Let us all pray that he starts practicing harder. He's criticizing Honduras for "obsessing" about debt relief, and has been rebuked by the Honduran bishops. Look for more on this one next week.

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

Catholic Relief Services is organizing relief shipments and delivery in the regions affected by Hurricane Mitch and needs financial donations to support this effort.

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 noticeboard. 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.

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Center for Rural Affairs a non-profit organization serving and advocating for America's family farms and rural communities for 25 years. Emphasis is on sustainable agriculture. Community Alliance with Family Farmers, a California site helping put farmers directly in contact with people buying food for home consumption, has FAQS about sustainable agriculture. National Agricultural Library, of the US Department of Agriculture. Access to big piles of information. Plastic bags, a long list -- and getting longer -- of recycling uses for plastic bags, a plentiful resource in modern society.

Remember the time of hunger in the time of plenty; poverty and want in the day of wealth. Sirach 18:25 American Catholic
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From the Holy Father. . . TOP

Leo XIII is repeating an elementary principle of sound political organization, namely, the more that individuals are defenseless within a given society, the more they require the care and concern of others, and in particular the intervention of governmental authority. In this way what we nowadays call the principle of solidarity. . . . is clearly seen to be one of the fundamental principles of the Christian view of social and political organization. Centesimus Annus 11

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+ Sharing Catholic Social Teaching, Challenges and Reflections from the US Catholic Bishops.

Even to the death fight for truth, and the Lord your God will battle for you. Sirach 4:28

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ALL SAINTS DAY FRONT PAGE SPECIAL EDITION

+ 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 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 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

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