Common Good


Secular Franciscan JPIC Monthly Newsletter
for Franciscan Voice Canada


Issue No 43,  February 2021
So...what is the Common Good?

Governing for the Common Good
"the Common Good"
The church teaches that purpose of government is the common good. Period. - Read Daniel P. Horan, OFM article in the National Catholic Reporter 

                [The COMMON GOOD is a principle of Catholic Social Doctrine.]

This explains why Franciscan Voice Canada as a voice for Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation is so concerned with politics. Structural injustice is sin because injustice is sin. That is why we must be involved in politics and raise our voices. 

           ...and learn more at Andrew's February Blog                      
The 2021 Share Lent campaign will feature seven weekly webinars drawing on themes from Fratelli Tutti and D&P’s Mission & Values; Humanitarian Aid; Community Development; Youth Engagement; Fundraising; Advocacy and Holy Week. Info is not yet posted on the website but soon will be, so CHECK Development and Peace

Another great website for Lent
Check out The Global Catholic Climate Movement’s Laudato si’ Lent website
Lent 2021: A Journey of Hope
Reflect, Repent & Renew.| Together

Laudato Si'
"Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet.  In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home."
     From Gospel to Life

the Good Samaritan

...he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?" "...Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (Lk 10: 29, 36-37)

Understanding JPIC 

Quote from UJPIC latest revised edition soon to be posted:

3.2.86.a. The concept of political charity was addressed again by Pope Francis in Fratelli tutti (2020):
“ 180. Recognizing that all people are our brothers and sisters, and seeking forms of social friendship that include everyone, is not merely utopian. It demands a decisive commitment to devising effective means to this end. Any effort along these lines becomes a noble exercise of charity. For whereas individuals can help others in need, when they join together in initiating social processes of fraternity and justice for all, they enter the “field of charity at its most vast, namely political charity”.[165] This entails working for a social and political order whose soul is social charity.[166] Once more, I appeal for a renewed appreciation of politics as “a lofty vocation and one of the highest forms of charity, inasmuch as it seeks the common good”.[167]
Global Slavery Index - Update
February 8 was the Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. This issue of the Common Good is focusing on the responsibility of governments to ensure the "common good". The chart below lists Canada as one of 12 countries that are not taking action to stop the sourcing of goods and services at risk of being produced by forced labour. See the information about Bill S-216 below and take action.

Our purchasing habits may well be implicit in this great injustice. Become informed and choose carefully, help reduce labour abuse, and share your knowledge.
This poster needs to be carefully analysed and seen in light of the whole message by clicking on the link. There you will see by scrolling down to the bottom picture that under “Unravelling the numbers”, Canada is in the lowest category of ‘Prevalence of modern slavery’ as is Brazil yet if you look at these two sites you will find that there are many modern slaves in Brazil. Learn more at these links: The face of modern slavery in Brazil  and Slavery Modernises, Adapts to Stay Alive in Brazil
As for China, most of the world accepts that the Uyghurs are subject to forced labour. Learn more: China: 83 major brands implicated in report on forced labour of ethnic minorities, and 'Virtually entire' fashion industry complicit in Uighur forced labour, say rights groups (Guardian)

See the highlights of the Global Slavery Index: HERE 

"Canada continues to move toward affirmation of its commitment to fight against modern slavery in supply chains. The recently tabled Bill S-216, An Act to enact the Modern Slavery Act and to amend the Customs Tariff (the Bill), was introduced to the Senate on October 29, 2020. See: Bill S-216". Is Canada seeking to stop modern slavery? See the Canadian Justice Youtube video (22 min).
Take Action: Email Senator Julie Miville- Dechêne.
Send her a note of encouragement and support for Bill S-216.
Song: Trafficking in Humans - Can You See Me?
Can You See Me? is a song that invites us to see the exploitation around us and to respond with compassionate action that will lead to eliminating it. The song was composed for ACRATH by Sr Margaret Scharf Op.
This powerful song is worth a listen!
February 8 was a day of prayer against human trafficking 
OFS General Constitution

Article 10: "Christ, poor and crucified", victor over death and risen, the greatest manifestation of the love of God for humanity, is the "book" in which the brothers and sisters, in imitation of Francis, learn the purpose and the way of living, loving, and suffering. They discover in Him the value of contradictions for the sake of justice and the meaning of the difficulties and the crosses of daily life. With Him, they can accept the will of the Father even under the most difficult circumstances and live the Franciscan spirit of peace, rejecting every doctrine contrary to human dignity.

Pope's Prayer Intention for February
Violence against women
We pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded.

OFS Prayer Intention: For the national fraternities of Zambia, Belgium and Japan.
Women. Suffering. Violence. Too often, we see these three words together in the news. As if this weren’t enough, the pandemic has caused an increase in abuse. How can we repair this damage?       READ MORE...
Reflection:  As more survivors of sexual assault are empowered to lift their voices and share their stories, we learn more of the depth, breadth, and gravity of violence that women experience in our world.  Read more...   

For links to examples of sexual abuse of women see Andrew's Blog
We Pray: 
That those involved in political life, and every citizen as well, may grow in awareness that any behavior that does not respect the environment damages human coexistence and undermines the foundations of peace, let us pray.     (Laudato Si' Reflections)
Film of the Month
The Price We Pay - A film by Harold Crooks
Inaction by our governments permits the injustice of tax avoidance
and results in increasing poverty 
Tax havens, originally created by London bankers in the 50s, today put over half the world’s stock of money beyond reach of public treasuries. Nation states are being reshaped by this offshoring of the world’s wealth. Tax avoidance by big corporations and the wealthy-citizens of nowhere for tax purposes is paving the way to historic levels of inequality and placing the tax burden on the middle class and the poor. Crusading journalists, tax justice campaigners and former finance and technology industry insiders speak frankly about the accelerating trends that are carrying the Western world to an unsustainable future.            Watch this trailer (2:47)
Learn more at CBC: (9:00)

Film available from:
Book of the Month

The Gospel of Cesar Chavez

Edited and Introduced by Mario T. Garcia
In evaluating the life and struggles of César Chávez, one of the most recognized Latino leaders in the United States and the first labor leader to successfully organize and unionize U.S. farm workers, many historians, journalists, and other writers have largely missed one significant factor of his life—his faith and deep spirituality. The Gospel of César Chávez uses the prolific leader's own words to express his profound faith and the way it shaped his life and leadership.

"For César Chávez the gospel of Jesus was not mere beautiful words to be proclaimed, studied and quoted. For him, the gospel had to become part of one's innermost being so as to become real and effective in today's world. As St Paul said, "I live now not I, but it is Christ who lives in me" (Gal 2:20)
- from the Foreword

An inspiring book of the man who never lost faith in God and who was a lover of St Francis. FVC
BOOK UPDATE: In the September issue of the Common Good, we introduced the book A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency, by Seth Klein. With this issue of the Common Good with its focus on "Governing for the Common Good", we are reminded of the importance of the book for today's world. We add the following book description: 
“This is the roadmap out of climate crisis that Canadians have been waiting for.” ― Naomi Klein, activist and New York Times bestselling author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine.

  • One of Canada’s top policy analysts provides the first full-scale blueprint for meeting our climate change commitments
  • Contains the results of a national poll on Canadians’ attitudes to the climate crisis
  • Shows that radical transformative climate action can be done, while producing jobs and reducing inequality as we retool how we live and work.
  • Deeply researched and targeted specifically to Canada and Canadians while providing a model that other countries could follow
Can't read the book, read a commentary from MacLean's
Un mot du SIAF
Ce premier numéro d'ÉCHO de l’année 2021 vous présente des nouvelles de communautés de la Famille franciscaine qui ont répondu à notre appel et envoyé un texte à publier.
Le Bulletin est maintenant disponible à l’adresse suivante : 
 Voici le Écho 111 - Février 2021
Against Climate Gloom and Doom
       When given a chance, life finds a way. Here are some reasons to keep hoping — and fighting.    Learn more at Andrew's blog for February
Important Dates on the JPIC Calendar:

Other Recent Postings on 
Franciscan Voice Canada
Earlier Posts you may want to check:
Note the calls for Action in some of the postings
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Joy of the Gospel
Understanding JPIC - a Primer
The Franciscan Journey - JPIC Supplements

Editors:               Andrew Conradi, ofs, Laudato Si' Animator, Global Catholic Climate Movement
                                            George Guimond, ofs, RFEC Dir of JPIC
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