The September issue of OUT OF POVERTY… starts with two prayers: the “Voice of the Poor Prayer” and the “Prayer of a Reluctant Leader” – both offer material for reflection. Then, we consider the life of Blessed Frederick Ozanam in occasion of his Feast Day. “Faith in Action” and “Take Both Steps of Charity” are strong invitations to work on both service and justice, following the teaching of Pope Francis and Pope Paul VI - If you want peace, work for justice.
“Justice for All” is an excellent introduction to Restorative Justice (RJ), as a way to mend the problems caused by our detention system. The Society supports RJ based on Church teaching. Another article on RJ, “The Risen in Christ Re-Entry Conference”, immediately follows. This conference in Boise, ID offers an example of what we can do to re-integrate former inmates into society.
“The Humanitarian Crisis is Not Over” explains the extent of violence children and families face in Central America. It is the main reason why they escape and travel to our Southern Border, where the Border Patrol apprehends them. Those religious and lay people who are able to help at the border witness how very vulnerable they are, as the next article explains: “My Last Week on the Border”. As Vincentians, we need to “take a stand” in advocacy and in welcoming these refugees personally and as members of our communities.
“Congressional Visits” is in invitation to make our voices heard on behalf of these refugees and other vulnerable people. The next article explains the Scriptural bases of the living wage through the story of the landowner and the day laborers - Mat 20:1-16. Then, there are two articles on Systemic Change and the experience of Vincentians, who attended that training in Los Angeles.
In the “News from the Western Region”, we included the regional VOP report for 2013-2014, followed by news from Sacramento, Los Angeles, Boise and Tucson.
Tucson Diocesan Council
Voice of the Poor - Western Region Representative