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.

This week along the way. On December 2, 1980, three nuns and a religious worker -- Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Dorothy Kazel, and Jean Donovan -- were murdered by the El Salvadoran Army. Some low-level troops were eventually convicted, but those who ordered this crime remain at large. In other news, Boeing is announcing 48,000 layoffs, and the new merger of Exxon and Mobile will destroy 20,000 jobs. Boeing is blaming the Asian economic meltdown, and Exxon-Mobile cries "globalization." Merry Christmas America from your friendly neighborhood Transnational Corporation. A given culture reveals its overall understanding of life through the choices it makes in production and consumption. Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 1991

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


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

Charity, Justice, Purification of Memory, extracts from the Zenit News Service article about the bull of indiction (Incarnationis Mysterium) announcing the Jubilee Year 2000.

Giving Thanks Through Action, November statement by the Roman Catholic Bishops of North Dakota on the crisis in rural life. Very excellent summary of Catholic social teaching. North Dakota Catholic conference . . . Catholic Social Teaching resource page... Testimony before the Commission on the Future of Agriculture

Alternatives for Simple Living has been featured on this page before, but their Whose Birthday Is It Anyway campaign is topical for this season.

The Synod for Oceania, from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops, access to the lineamata and the proceedings. Regular updates as the synod is currently in session.

How can we use the internet for fundraising? A practical guide for non-governmental organizations.

Training Course for Virtual Activists, highlighted in the recent Idealist.Org newsletter, a complete guide for using the net to advance ideas.

Church News daily updates, from the Christian Life Movement (Catholic).

Solidarity, Orthopraxis, Community Development TOP

Orthopraxis refers to practicing what you preach.

Resilient Communities, the real fear that many have about things such as the Year 2000 bug is that our communities are not resilient enough to handle tough challenges. They may be right. This site considers how to repair our community connections, strengthen our communities and develop our solidarity, on a practical, neighborhood level.

Integration Where It Counts, a study of racial integration in public and private school lunchrooms. Many people feel that public schools produce better integration than private schools, but this new study suggests that private schools offer a more racially integrated environment than public schools.

Volunteer Opportunities Ads and Reviews listings from non-profit organizations only.

Migrant Education Program short page of information about education of the children of migrant workers.

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 DECEMBER: General prayer intention: That the Spirit of Christ, who was poor and humble, may bring about in the Church more effective solidarity with the distressed and underprivileged. Mission Intention: That governments and international organizations may protect human life and may act with great decisiveness against violence against children

Virtual Rosary Online
Virtual Rosary Online!

Food Security TOP

Pope Affirms Right to Food, a Vatican Information Service story.

The Food Circle, a virtual cornucopia of food-relate information, links, ideas, and options for practicald personal and planetary survival, prosperity, and transformation.

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

Economic, Social, Political Distortions in the Modern World, Samir Admin, from the Combustion in the RainForest: Ecology, Energy, and Economy for a Sustainable Environment.

Archbishop of Tegucigalpa (Honduras), response to the director of the IMF.

Assessing Aid complete on-line text of a new report from the World Bank. Finds that aid from the developed countries to the poor countries is declining, and generally ineffective. Warning: consider the source of this document as you interpret its findings. I will be doing a review of this document as I get the chance.

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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+++ Living on the Earth as if People and Other Living Things Mattered Department+++Ecomall, a gateway for businesses offering eco-friendly products via the internet. Homemade with love -- gifts from the kitchen, from the southern food pages at the Mining Company. Mason Jar Craft Ideas a 101 things to do with mason jars. Jar cakes, cakes and breads to make in mason jars. Holiday Gift Ideas from your kitchen for those you love. Holiday decorations, attractive, inexpensive, homemade. Nativity Scene, print these diagrams/patterns and make your own. One Income Living index page of links from the frugal living pages at the mining company.

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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+ Roots of the Catholic Worker Movement saints and philosophers who influenced Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin page at the site of Casa Juan Diego Catholic Worker House in Houston, Texas.

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.

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


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 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