Catholics are called to participate in God's saving plan for the world. The Eucharist forms us into people of hope and action. The last words at Mass call us to live our mission in the world as members of the Body of Christ. Catholics are committed to: dignity for all people, a preference for the poor, the right to meaningful work, the common good, global solidarity and care for creation. We are credible when we exercise these principles in our families, in our communities and as citizens of this nation. We are credible evangelists when we care for those who are least, last and lost. We are credible when we challenge consumption, discrimination, exploitation, violence and complacency at all levels of society whether that be the family, the institution, the community or the culture.
The U.S. Bishops have made it clear that without concrete acts of service and justice on behalf of all people, our profession of faith will lack credibility. Ultimately evangelization will not happen until the love of Christ compels us beyond the comfort of our own circles to share a message of hope to all God's people. This third task of Catholic evangelization is essential to our credibility as messengers of the Gospel.
And we participate as citizens...
Consider these print resources:
Activism That Makes Sense: Congregations and Community Organization (Gregory F. Pierce, Paulist Press, 1984)
Becoming a Community of Salt and Light: Formation for Parish Social Ministry (Peggy Prevoznik Heins, Ave Maria Press, 2003)
Building Peace and Justice: Adult Workshops (Roberta Ann lesky, CSB, Lucianne Siers, OP with Bernadette Marie Ondus, SSCM, The Center for Learning, 1990)
Communities of Salt and Light: Parish Resource Manual (Dept. of Social Development and World Peace, USCCB 1994)
Full-Time Christians: The Real Challenge from Vatican II (William L. Droel, Twenty-Third Publ., 2002)
Jump Start Your Parish Social Minisry with Parish Care and Concern (Sr. Ann Amen, SSJ, Diocese of Erie, 1996)
Justice and Peace Ministers - 8 Spiritual Formation Sessions (Karen Pezza Leith with Rev. Joseph J. Fortuna, The Center for Learning, 2004)
Living God's Justice: Reflections and Prayers (The Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors, St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2006)
Moving Faith into Action: A Facilitator's Guide for Creating Parish Social Ministry Organizations (James R. Lund and Mary L. Heidkamp, Paulist Press, 1990)
Moving Ministry Forward: A Perspective Beyond the Pew (Kathleen Heffern, NALM 2000)
Parish Social Ministry: Strategies for Success (Tom Ulrich, Ave Maria Press, 2001)
Servants of the Shepherd: A Model for Parish Social Ministry (Social Ministers of Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Community 1998)
The Spirituality of Work Series: Military Personnel by Ginny Cunningham, Lawyers, Business People and Nurses by William L. Droel, (ACTA Publications 1989-1996)