Issue No 12,  Summer (July & August), 2018

Common Good

A Secular Franciscan JPIC Monthly Newsletter from 
Franciscan Voice Canada

Think Universal Kinship and the Common Good


Charity is not enough, work is right
What are the root causes of poverty?
Watch this award winning video which focuses on migrants and refugees
Laudato Si':
We were created with a vocation to work... Helping the poor financially must always be a provisional solution in the face of pressing needs. The broader objective should always be to allow them a dignified life through work. LS.128

On the Third Anniversary of Laudato Si’  - (from a short essay by Andrew Conradi, ofs)
The Cardinal (Pietro Parolin) reminded us of the basic demands of our vocation to participate in God’s work as co-creators, and our responsibility for the work of God Who does not hide His face from any aspect of creation, poor or rich, natural or human, now or in the future. The Holy Father said in his address: “May Saint Francis of Assisi continue to inspire and guide us on this journey, and may our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope.”         Read the short essay
Sudha took out a small, low interest loan. Combined with the extra funds from sponsorship, she was able to start her very own agricultural business. Her jasmine garden allows her to provide….support to her family. >

Poverty and its relationship to work, ...the root causes of poverty.
As a people who care about the welfare of those less fortunate than ourselves, the poor, refugees, migrants, children and women who are victims of human trafficking and horrid abuse, we must ask why does this continue?  In our concern for those who are less fortunate we often open our wallets to help. In this newsletter we explore the relationship between charity and taking action to change the root causes of poverty. In the past postings, Franciscan Voice Canada has brought to our attention changes that have made lasting differences in the lives of the poor, or highlighted where injustices continue. On our News pages for “Poverty” we see the work of organization like Chalice

Then there are the benefits of supporting “Fair Trade”, giving the farmers and workers a more reasonable return for their work. The “Food Security” page brings us stories about food security for us in the west, but more importantly the poor in developing countries where people are given the opportunity to improve their lives by their own hand. 

Our #Kenya and #Tanzania School Farming Project provides communities with the support needed to grow #fresh, bountiful crops  - Chalice

Back in 2012 Chalice launched the eRoots Program in Kenya. It was designed to develop, promote, and encourage adoption of simple but effective technologies that would enhance a community's capacity to produce food for residents and further develop livelihoods,
gradually moving the community towards self-reliance and thus reducing their dependence on others. Through this three-year program, over 3,500 households were trained in, and adopted, new and proven agricultural technologies for improved food production. In addition, there are now 32 schools that have sustained school feeding programs from proceeds achieved in school farms, long after eRoots funding concluded in 2015. The School Feeding Program has been one of the most successful and sustainable programs resulting from eRoots.  READ MORE....
Go down to the palace of the king and declare, “Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.” —Jeremiah 22:1, 3 
     Read a short quotation from Richard Rohr



Fair Trade
Right now, millions of hardworking farmers in marginalized countries aren’t paid enough to support their families. Yet every day, they provide the food we eat and the products we depend on.

Every action – small or big - creates a ripple effect that will benefit the farmers and workers that depend on the Fairtrade system. So whether it’s making sure your morning tea is Fairtrade certified, or working to make your school Fair Trade designated, when you choose Fairtrade, farmers and workers can invest in themselves and their families and educate their children, improve their housing, and earn more for their crops.
3.2.22. “According to ‘Justice in the World’ there is one central issue which lies at the heart of the structural injustices of today’s world: lack of participation by people in determining their own destiny. There is a ‘concentration of wealth, power and decision-making in the hands of a small public or private group’ (JW 9). The poor are left in a marginal position, ‘voiceless victims of injustice’ (JW 20). So the document calls on ‘the developing peoples’ to take their future ‘into their own hands’ (JW 17) and wants Church leaders to make a definite option in favour of empowering the powerless, the oppressed, the victims of structural injustice.” (Dorr, 2011, 6)       
Green Churches Network

The Green Churches Network equips faith communities to opt for better ecological practices while educating members to live in a way that stewards Creation.
This initiative is for Christian communities who want to commit to the care of creation: parishes, local churches, movements, monasteries and Christian establishments. It’s a possibility for us to look at what we can do, and to commit ourselves to receive the label of Green Church.

OFS Rule 15

Let them individually and collectively be in the forefront in promoting justice by the testimony of their human lives and their courageous initiatives. Especially in the field of public life, they should make definite choices in harmony with their faith. 
Pope's July Prayer Intention

Evangelization: Priests and their Pastoral Ministry

That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.       Read the reflection by Fr. J. Michael Sparough

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 Editors: Andrew Conradi, ofs, OFS Canada Director of JPIC; George Guimond, ofs, Vice Minister, Atlantic Area & Margaret Ross, ofs, Minister, St Agnes Fraternity, Coquitlam, BC 

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