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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THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT HAS ESCALATED ITS WAR AGAINST IRAQ WITH ATTACKS BY BOMBERS AND CRUISE MISSILES.
Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows for Peace in the Persian Gulf
Angelus in Time of War
LORD GOD OF ALL CREATION,
OVERTURN THE THRONES OF TYRANNY!
SCATTER THE UNJUST!
JUDGE THE BLOODY RULERS WHO MAKE THE CRY OF THE WIDOW AND THE ORPHAN RISE TO HEAVEN WITH THE SAME MERCY THEY HAVE SHOWN TO THE POOR!
GIVE US YOUR GRACE AND STRENGTH TO STAND AGAINST THE DEMONIC POWERS WHICH PROWL ABOUT THE WORLD SEEKING THE RUIN OF SOULS. GRANT THAT PEACE WITH JUSTICE WILL COME TO THE PERSIAN GULF. AMEN.
Advent 1998 and a wreath of blessed candles.
This week along the way. The thrones of the arrogant are shaking, the proud are being scattered during this Advent, but as with everybody else, the responsibilities and joys of the holiday season are upon all of the Justpeace Elves and so we will be taking a bit of a holiday break until our next issue, which will be published on December 29th, the feast of St. Thomas Becket. Come back on Christmas Eve for my Christmas Letter, and the 4th Sunday of Advent candle and meditation will be published as usual. So this week there are just two items, plus some of our regular stuff, but those two items are of great importance.
On December 22nd we will celebrate one year of this website's presence in cyberspace. Justpeace has grown to more than 290 pages with over 1700 links and with hundreds of visitors everyday. Since October 14th alone, the site has registered 20,508 user sessions, viewing a total of 41,459 pages, with an average number of user sessions per day of 325; the Front Page has been viewed 2,483 times. More than 300 sites are linked to one or more of these pages. We give thanks and praise to Almighty God and to our Blessed Mother for the growth in the interest and readership of these pages, and we hope that this apostolate of information, service, and action will result in more justice and more peace for all people.
May the blessings of this Holy Day season be with all of us!
State Department Demands Penalties from Voices in the Wilderness
Text of the State Department Demand
Note: I have received a draft copy of the response of VIW, as soon as it is approved for publication, I will post it on this page. It is very beautiful and moving, and ranks right up there with Martin Luther King's Letter from the Birmingham Jail in terms of its witness and challenge.
Voices in the Wilderness has led the way for many years in exposing the cruelty of the US siege-embargo against Iraq, and its disproportionate impact on the poor and weak. In response to one of their trips, the State Department has levied a fine of $120,000 against the organization, and fines of several thousand dollars against specific individuals. Among other things, the group is accused of giving food and medicine to the poor, and bringing back to the United States factual evidence of American crimes against the poor, including audio and video tape. These materials have all been seized by the government. No trial has been held, no hearing, just an unelected bureaucrat imposing a horrendous penalty. Thus, we see how much respect the State Department has for the Bill of Rights. I urge everybody to immediately write to protest this action:
Robert E. Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 202220
Why Bill Clinton is in danger of impeachment
Here's what God says about the poor and justice.
Daily Scripture Readings, from the website of the United States Catholic Bishops.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, her feast day is December 12th.
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
Advent pages from St. Mary of the Visitation Parish, by whose courtesy I have the Advent
Wreath candle graphics.
Disasters and Emergency Relief
Virtual Rosary Online!
Disasters and Emergency ReliefTOP
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
Recovery for Nicaragua and Honduras, an Oxfam International Briefing Paper.
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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Remember the time of hunger in the time of plenty; poverty and want in the day of wealth. Sirach 18:25 From the Holy Father. . .
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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Iraq Crisis Justpeace Index Page. Send Email to President Clinton
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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
The VIEW from OAKLEY STREET:
Previous Editorial commentaries by Robert Waldrop
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.
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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