"The most important setting for the Church's social teaching is not in a food pantry or in a legislative committee room, but in prayer and
worship, especially gathered around the altar for the Eucharist. It is
in the liturgy that we find the fundamental direction, motivation, and
strength for social ministry."
- United States Catholic Bishops, Communities of Salt & Light; Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish
Through our homilies
and preaching, do we effectively call Christ's followers to conversion,
discipleship, and love for neighbor?
Homilies and Preaching
These excerpts from
"Preaching the Mystery of Faith: the Sunday Homily," the 2012 statement from
the U.S. bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations,
describe how homilists can incorporate love of neighbor, justice, and
compassion into homilies.
How do we help
disciples reflect on attitudes, words, actions, and inactions that affect our
relationships with God, self, and neighbor?
Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching
This examination can
supplement a traditional examination to assess how well your choices and actions
reflect love of neighbor.
celebrations and communal prayer, how do we recognize Christ's presence in the
community? How do our gatherings lead to sending forth?
Prayer, Liturgy and Social Mission
This excerpt from In the Footsteps of Jesus: Resource Manual on Catholic Social Teaching includes
suggestions for highlighting the social mission of the Church within the
Liturgy, as well as sample General Intercessions and a table of lectionary
references that connect to the themes of Catholic social teaching.
In what ways are our
social ministry efforts clearly rooted in Scripture and our faith tradition,
and connected to liturgy and prayer?
Prayers for Justice
page features prayers—for use by individuals, in families, or with large
groups—on a variety of topics, from workers to peace to care of creation.