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My Day Will Dawn: Swords into Plowshares , by: Elizabeth McAlister

Creative Voice Elizabeth McAlister shares a heartfelt and passionate reflection on the words of the prophet Isaiah to turn our “swords into plowshares” as we celebrate Disarmament Week and the Int...more

Embracing the Journey

This Smilebox reflection invites us to “go up to the mountain” and “shout with a full voice [that] our God is near” as we embrace our journey towards justice and peace together. http://bi...more

Pope Francis's U.S. Visit: A CST Perspective , by: Jane Deren, Ph.D.

What will the Pope talking about during this historic visit to the U.S.?   Many of the themes he will discuss are grounded in the Catholic Social Teaching tradition, as this resource explores. Co...more

Catholic Social Thought and Hunger , by: Fred Kammer, S.J.

In this reflection, Fr. Fred Kammer makes the connection between our faith and the growing issue of hunger and food insecurity around the world. He urges the Church to change the structures in society...more

Thích Nhat Hanh: An Apostle of Peace and Nonviolence, October 11 , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

Thích Nhat Hanh is a Zen Buddhist monk, global spiritual leader, poet, author, and peace activist. This reflection takes his quotes and urges readers to see how they too can become apostles of peace ...more

World Food Day, October 16 , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

This short prayer service features quotes of five modern popes who have all urged people of faith to advocate for the right to food so everyone can enjoy daily bread and find a place at the table. Cop...more

Black Poetry Day, October 17 , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

This short litany includes a small sample of black poets, known and often unknown, who have used their words to shed light on the institutional sins of racism and inequality. Copyright © August 2015...more

Exploring the Legacies of Sts. John Paul II and John XXIII , by: Jane Deren, Ph.D.

Explore the messages of Saint John Paul II and Saint John XXIII in this resource that outlines the encyclicals authored by these two popes who were so dedicated to Catholic social thought and bringing...more

Film Discussion Guide: Alive Inside

In celebration of the International Day of Older Persons, this film discussion guide explores the power of music in overcoming memory loss. Alive Inside is a touching, powerful film that brings forth ...more

Film Discussion Guide: The Way

This resource is a discussion guide for The Way, starring Martin Sheen. The film follows the journey of a father who walks the Camino de Santiago, a traditional pilgrimage route, in memory of his dece...more

Ken Saro-Wiwa: Writer, Activist & Martyr, October 10

This resource provides a brief overview of the life of Ken Saro-Wiwa, a Nigerian writer, environmental activist and martyr. He was known for standing up against the Shell oil company to preserve his n...more

World Mission Day, October 15

World Mission Day is celebrated every year to celebrate missionaries in the Catholic Church and support them through prayer, action, and giving. This bulletin insert provides an overview of what World...more

Have a Fair Trade Halloween, October 31

This bulletin insert can be used to educate parishioners and students about ways to celebrate Halloween that supports fair trade, an integral aspect of Catholic social thought. Copyright © August 201...more

Prayer for Girls and Young Women, October 11 , by: Jane Deren, Ph.D.

In celebration of the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child, this prayer remembers all of the young girls and women in our world who are not given the same opportunities as their male cou...more

Prayer for the End of Hunger, October 16 , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

Calling to mind the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and the communion meal that Christ offers all who walk in his footsteps, this prayer commemorates World Food Day on October 16. Copyright ©...more

Prayer for Those in Poverty, October 17 , by: Jane Deren, Ph.D.

This prayer seeks to open hearts and minds to respond to the needs of those living in poverty so that all may have peace and dignity in their lives. Copyright © August 2015 ...more

Creative Voice: The Awe-inspired Economics of Pope Francis , by: David Kane

Creative Voice David Kane explores the pope's latest encyclical, Laudato Si' (Praised Be), focusing on the recommendations that Francis has for making our political and economic systems more respectfu...more