Rejoice, Pray, and Give Thanks

By Michelle Melcher Knight – Advocacy Associate
February 15, 2012

“Rejoice always” 1 Thessalonians 5:16. Advocating for God’s vision of justice can be an uphill battle, but we strive to remember all for whom we advocate and rejoice in them. Fortunately, over the last month, we have seen some incremental progress and we do rejoice in any small victory. President Obama denied the permit for the Keystone Pipeline in late January. In addition, just last week, we learned of a court victory in the efforts to curtail gun smuggling on the U.S. Mexico border.

“Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17. It is our intent to keep all social justice issues in our prayers at all times. Our small victories are only the first step and we must continue our prayers and our actions on the Pipeline and on gun smuggling. Read the articles below for actions you can take.

“In all circumstances, give thanks for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 5:18. With Congress back in session, we are thankful for the members of Congress who continue to act for the needs of those who are poor and vulnerable. Read below for news of a bill to close the School of the Americas and 2 bills that will bring safe, clean water to those who are truly in need.

“Do not quench the Spirit” 1 Thessalonians 5:19. Finally, we bring news of a collaborative initiative by many Catholic organizations endeavoring to bring the “common good” into discussions with candidates for office in this presidential election year. Lent begins this month and we hope that one small part of your Lenten devotions will be to increase your advocacy for justice. Our fabulous group of Spring interns (pictured here) has provided you with many opportunities for action in their newsletter articles.

“The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you”, 1Thessalonians 5:28.