Living with Hope in the Wilderness

Reflection for the Third Sunday of Advent by FAN Board Member, Sr. Margaret Magee, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our December 9th newsletter


On this 3rd Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, we are reminded that we are a people that live in the light of Christ. We are called to live rejoicing with the deep knowledge that despite the harshness, the cruelty and coldness that we experience in our world, Christ, the Son of Justice, has conquered all sin, oppression and even death itself. We are reminded that Christ who has come, continues to incarnate God’s love in and through each one of us and throughout all of creation.

It’s not easy to live in hope and rejoicing when we are so deeply immersed in the current reality of divisiveness. Hope dims in the viciousness of racism with its underlying and fundamental desire to dehumanize the other, people who are created in the image of God. Hope dims in the callous and self-serving attitudes that prefer to be blind to the presence of God’s divine beauty within and throughout all of creation, so that, individually and corporately, we continue to indulge in our consumption and abuse of the earth and its resources.

In ancient times, the prophet Isaiah spoke of creation not simply as incidental or inanimate matter. He foretold of God’s promise that, “The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song.”

James, writing to the Jewish Christian community in Jerusalem, called the people to be patient. This resounds with the Advent theme of waiting and patience, however, let us remember that James was writing to people who were excluded and barred from worship in their synagogues and so perhaps also cut off from their families, friends and community, simply because of their following Christ. In this light, the call of James was a message of hope and encouragement in a dark and troubling time for these early Christians.

And so clearly in the gospel, Jesus in his message to John the Baptist, reveals himself as the promised one. “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.”

Woven throughout our readings this Advent Sunday are the values, the hope and the guiding principles of our Catholic Social Teaching. Let us continue to be the light of Christ as we uphold all of life and the dignity of every human person, as we promote the integrity of families and communities with the invitation and welcome for all, and as we continue to grow in our care for God’s creation with a deepening awareness that all life, all people are integrally connected.

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis made the following appeal: “The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home.” May our Advent prayer, our service and advocacy bring the healing presence of Christ to birth in our world crying out for justice and peace.

Sr. Margaret Magee, OSF
FAN Board Member

Published in: on December 10, 2019 at 10:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Finding Acceptance in a World of Opposites

Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent by FAN Board Member, Sr. Marge Wissman, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our December 2nd newsletter


The purpose of Advent is to welcome Jesus. In order to fulfill this we must reach out to welcome one another or we really don’t welcome Jesus. All the readings for this second Sunday of Advent center on reconciliation and the conditions set down by Jesus. As stated in the second reading “Welcome one another as I welcomed you.” (ROM 15:7)

Even John the Baptist who in the Gospel called the Pharisees and Sadducees a “brood of vipers” also adds that there is still hope for them because “God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones”. Are there people in our lives who are like stones and we think we will never reach them? Are we stones?

Isaiah announces reconciliation in a symbolic way by using direct opposites: “the wolf and the lamb; the leopard and the goat; the calf and the young lion; bear and the cow; the lion and the ox.” And the most direct opposite of all – a baby playing in a cobra’s den. The Native Americans have a belief called the Rule of Opposites – opposite energies. Whenever we do something we need to consider the opposite also. This practice will help us achieve harmony and balance. Even though it may seem impossible but if we look closely, we can discover a place where our paths cross and we can agree or remain civil and disagree. It seems that the society we live in now is so polarized. Does this reading and this season encourage us to find acceptance of all in our hearts?

Where do we find the courage to do this? John the Baptist made it clear that he was here to give a baptism of repentance. He knew and always said that he was preparing the world for Christ and he never strayed from this message. He was preparing them for the baptism with the Holy Spirit. It is a baptism that signifies the indwelling of the Holy Spirit – the Fire of Love. This spirit will rest upon Jesus and anyone who receives his Baptism: the Baptism of the Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge and fear of the Lord. Receiving this Baptism will help us have a change of heart toward many opposites with whom we sit. Then we will be accepting one another as God accepts all of us.

Sr. Marge Wissman, OSF
FAN Board Member

Published in: on December 3, 2019 at 9:04 am  Leave a Comment  

The Holy Family Were Refugees

Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent by FAN member and former board member, Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF

This reflection was originally posted in our November 25th newsletter


As we begin our Advent journey this Sunday, I cannot help but think of the journey of the children, women and men forced to migrate. In September the number of migrants globally reached 272 million, outpacing the growth rate of the world’s population.

At the end of our Advent journey we look forward to the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Sometime during this Advent season, perhaps we could contemplate some of the experiences this baby Jesus would encounter would he be born on this earth some two thousand years later, in 2019. Being born in poverty there undoubtedly would be times when he would experience hunger and not have clean water to drink. He likely would receive minimal education, if any at all.

We know that the Holy Family fled to Egypt out of fear of the possibility that their son would be murdered. If born today that possibility still exists. Jesus would be one of the millions forced to migrate, leaving him vulnerable to being trafficked for sex and/or labor or the extraction of a body organ.

If the child Jesus and his family arrived at the southern border of the United States, he would be forced to live in a crowded and dangerous camp for refugees. If Jesus was one of the few migrants currently allowed to cross into the United States, it is possible that he would be separated from his parents and sent to live in an unsafe, crowded and unsanitary prison-like conditions.

We believe that every person is made in the image and likeness of God. How we treat any child, woman or man is how we treat Jesus. If we ignore or turn our back on the plight of the most vulnerable in our society, we ignore or turn our back on the image and likeness of God. As we begin our Advent journey, let us be more aware of how we encounter the image and likeness of God in each person we meet. Let us ask God to help us as we “walk in the paths” (Is 2:3) of the most vulnerable in our world.

Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF
FAN Member and Past Board Member

Published in: on November 26, 2019 at 11:07 am  Leave a Comment  

Honoring both Jesus and Christ as King

Reflection for the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe by FAN Associate Director, Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our November 18th newsletter


The liturgical year closes with the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, which holds three challenges for me. First, is the concept of kingship. In the book of Samuel, when the Israelites asked Samuel to appoint a king over them “as other nations have,” Samuel resisted until God told him to grant the people’s request—but with a warning that by asking for a king they were rejecting God. Through many centuries there have been benevolent and malevolent kings. It was King Herod who targeted Jesus for execution. In the history of this country, the first European settlers crossed the ocean to escape the dictates of a king, and the framers of the U.S. Constitution designed a political system of checks and balances to prevent rule by a dictator, a king. Yet there are people in countries around the world, including the United States, who support leaders who try to place themselves above the law and rule by dictate. This Feast was not instituted until 1925 when Pope Pius XI mistakenly saw an end to absolute monarchy. Today there are many uprisings by people who refuse to accept a dictator “king.”

The second challenge for me is how we interpret the title of the feast: Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Are “Jesus” and “Christ” one and the same? We tend to speak of “Christ” as Jesus’ last name, but some contemporary theologians and spiritual writers explore who we mean by “Christ,” of whom Jesus was one very special expression, but not the whole expression of God. Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF writes about The Emergent Christ. In his new book, The Universal Christ, Richard Rohr, OFM, quotes numerous scriptures which indicate that Christ has existed “from the beginning,” so “the Christ cannot be codeterminus with Jesus.” (P.17)

So a final challenge for me is what to make of this feast. In human history kingship does not have a great track record, even though there have been just, generous kings. In the Church, Pope Francis insists on the need for clerics to exercise “shepherd leadership” in which they bear “the smell of the sheep,” not the trappings of kingship. In secular society, dictatorship whether by kings or presidents or other leaders must be resisted by freedom-loving people. I can celebrate this Feast, then, in my understanding that there is one King of the Universe, the Christ who is the “firstborn of all creation,” in whom were created all things in heaven and on earth,” (Col.1:14), including you and me, and who is also the Word Made Flesh in the birth, life, and death of Jesus. My role is to do all I can to help God’s “kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven,” a kingdom of love, mercy, peace and justice.

Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF
FAN Associate Director

Published in: on November 19, 2019 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  

‘Thy kingdom come,’ our kingdoms go!

By Tony Magliano

Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated Catholic social justice and peace columnist whose column is published in print and/or posted online in various U.S. diocesan papers. His views do not necessarily reflect those of the Franciscan Action Network.


Mustard bush

When we pray Christianity’s most important single prayer – The Our Father – do we really attempt to understand and meditate upon the challenge of its words – especially “thy kingdom come”?

What is this kingdom of God that we are asking the Father to bring forth upon the earth? And what part do we play?

To put it in Jesus’ words, “What is the kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a person took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and ‘the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.’ ”

Giving us another example, Jesus added, “It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed [in] with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.”

Yeasted bread dough

The kingdom of God continues to grow large from tiny beginnings like a little mustard seed which becomes a shrub that may reach nine feet high. And a small bit of yeast which stimulates the dough to expand several times its original size.

Therefore, we don’t need to be rich and powerful people to build up God’s kingdom.

But entering in, living in, and laboring to advance the unfolding kingdom of God takes much prayer and great effort on our part. However, we should not be discouraged facing such a huge and difficult task.

A complimentary Chinese proverb encouragingly puts it this way: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” A great accomplishment, an ambitious goal does not come about easily. It requires much effort. But over the course of time the goal can be reached.

But it will never happen if there is no effort to get started. It will never be accomplished if the first step is not taken. But it is encouraging to know that the great accomplishment, the ambitious goal – the journey of a thousand miles – only takes one step to begin.

The greatest accomplishment, the most ambitious goal that we can pursue, is doing our best to enter evermore deeply into the kingdom of God and advance its wonderful presence in our wounded world.

From abortion to war – and the arms industry which feeds it – from poverty to sickness, from human trafficking to child labor, from homeless people on our streets to fleeing refugees at our borders, from pollution to climate change, from corporate greed to militaristic nationalism countless fellow human beings are enduring tremendous suffering in a world that is largely indifferent to their cries.

But contrary to this indifference, those of us desiring to live in the kingdom of God need to be growing in the fruits of his Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control – and to actively use these fruits to end the suffering of our heavy burdened brothers and sisters. And we need to tirelessly work to transform the structures of sin – as St. Pope John Paul II called them – which exist in our culture, government and corporations into structures aiding the building up of God’s kingdom.

Our self-centered kingdoms must go, so that God’s kingdom may grow.

At Sunday Mass and every other time we say the Our Father, may we pray with an ever-fresh compelling desire: “thy kingdom come!”

Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist. He is available to speak at diocesan or parish gatherings. Tony can be reached at tmag@zoominternet.net.

Published in: on November 14, 2019 at 9:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Holy Grace will Prevail

Reflection for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN board member Sr. Marge Wissman, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our November 11th newsletter


The passages from the readings this Sunday have been described as the twin forces of holy terror and holy grace that are in a full-on scrimmage, competing for the souls of those hearing this messianic prediction. In the first reading, Malachi gives a doomsday message that the wicked will be purified as in thrown into a blazing fire. Their pride and arrogance will be reduced to ashes. But on the other hand, for those who serve God, there will be a different kind of heat. They will experience something like healing rays from the sun – lifting the human spirit and bringing everything to life.

In the second reading, Paul speaks to the Thessalonians of his concern not to be a burden or to be pampered, but instead work for the things they offer him. Paul has an expectation that his followers will follow his example and serve others in the community.

In the Gospel, the community is questioning if they are near the end of time. Jesus tells them that they should not be deceived by those claiming to know the day and hour as well as the event that will bring the final end to a climax. Yes we will have serious conflicts and natural disasters but they are not pointing to the end of time. Jesus tells us that we need to be confident and faithful through all tribulations because anyone who follows Jesus will continue to be objects of persecution by many. We are told not to worry at this time because he will give us the wisdom and strength that we need. What we suffer will all be a signal to the coming of the end of time. For now it is not the end of time, but one day at a time.

Thus as we walk this “journey into God”, we may always be juggling holy terror and holy grace but by walking with Jesus, and Jesus walking with us, holy grace will always prevail.

Sr. Marge Wissman, OSF
FAN Board Member

Published in: on November 12, 2019 at 10:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Gospel Endurance

Reflection for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Board Member, Mr. David Seitz, OFS

This reflection was originally posted in our November 4th newsletter


My parents live in the Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan. It is a sparsely populated diocese and they have many priests from foreign countries. Their parish priest is from Zimbabwe. Recently, he took a trip back home and shared with the parish that when he travels there, he will not wear his roman collar; if he did, there is a good chance he would be killed for being a priest. He shared that the local bishop requires the priests in Zimbabwe to wear the collar, regardless. He knows many who have been killed.

I know a Franciscan friar who can’t be named because every few years, he goes to Saudi Arabia to minister to Catholics. Very secretive; if he is caught he will be executed along with those he is there to serve.

I know a Chaldean Catholic priest from Iraq who serves a local community here in my home state of Michigan. He told me the story of his sister who was shot and killed when she exited her Church in Iraq; Killed because she is Christian. He also knows of Christians who have been crucified in Iraq by ISIS.

When I was taking classes at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, I met a Chinese seminarian named Joseph. His bishop sent him to the United States for his seminary education because he could receive the formation and education without being harassed. He shared with us that it was almost certain that when he went back to China, he will be arrested as soon as he lands.

Sisters and brothers, the readings this Sunday from 2 Maccabees 7:1-14 are pretty gruesome. It is a detailed and graphic description of a mother and her sons being tortured to death for refusing to give up their faith and continue to adore the one true God. This story can be told today in our times and in many places in the world. Christians are being tortured and killed because of the name of Jesus. “You are depriving us of this present life, but the King of the world will raise us up to live again forever…It is my choice to die at the hands of men with the hope God gives of being raised up by him.” The story says that even the king and his attendants marveled at the young men’s courage.

The Gospel story from Luke 20:27-38 tells of a challenge by the Sadducees regarding the resurrection of the dead at the end of times. The Sadducees only considered the books of Moses to be scripture and so would not give any weight to the story from Maccabees which teaches about the hope of the resurrection, or from the prophet Ezekiel who had a vision of flesh wrapping around bones with new life and taught that God would make us rise up from our graves. Jesus affirms the resurrection and offers his followers the hope of eternal life. (It is easy to remember the party at the time of Jesus that did not believe in resurrection, the Sadducees…it is Sad, you see, that they did not believe.)

There is a line from Psalm 17, “Hide me in the shadow of your wings.” Don’t we all feel like hiding at times when the world ridicules us for professing our Christian faith; when the world mocks us for speaking the Gospel message? Many of us live our lives as Christians hiding in the shadow of God’s wings. We go to Church and leave our faith at the door when we leave on Sunday. We buy into the culture’s refrain that it is OK to practice your religion inside the walls of your Church, but don’t bring it out to the public square.

We are fortunate that for now, we can take the Gospel to the public square. You may be ridiculed but you will not be executed. I say ‘for now’ because history has shown that when the faithful are silent and complacent, rights and freedoms are taken away. We have to stop being a pious group of Christians who sit inside the walls of our Churches and meet with our pious prayer groups in the Church basement and instead, go out and be the “Visible Face of the Church.” When I made my profession as a Secular Franciscan I promised to “give witness to the Kingdom of God…to be a visible sign of the Church…to be the light of Christ in the world…a faithful witness and instrument of the Church’s mission among all people.” (taken from the Rite of Profession, Permanent Commitment to the Gospel Life, Ritual of the Secular Franciscan Order)

Preaching the Gospel is always controversial. It has been for 2000 years. The Franciscan Action Network is often criticized for taking a stance in defense of the individual rights of persons created in the image of God. The dignity of the human person as an individual is the cornerstone and foundation for Catholic Social Teaching. Caring for the individual person transcends the social and political order. This is not just me talking; it comes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that was promulgated during St. John Paul II’s pontificate.

Paragraph 1930: Respect for the human person entails respect for the rights that flow from his dignity as a creature. These rights are prior to society and must be recognized by it. They are the basis of the moral legitimacy of every authority…It is the Church’s role to remind men of good will of these rights.

I’d like to end this reflection with the prayer in the 2nd reading this Sunday from 2 Thes 3: 3-5:

“But the Lord is faithful;
he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.
We are confident of you in the Lord that what we instruct you,
you are doing and will continue to do.
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God
and to the endurance of Christ.”

David Seitz, OFS
FAN Board Member

Published in: on November 5, 2019 at 9:54 am  Leave a Comment  

The Beatitudes: The path to sainthood!

By Tony Magliano

Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated Catholic social justice and peace columnist whose column is published in print and/or posted online in various U.S. diocesan papers. His views do not necessarily reflect those of the Franciscan Action Network.


You are called by God to be a saint! And that all important calling from the Lord is not just to be seriously considered on All Saints Day – but every day!

It is no coincidence that the Catholic Church proclaims the Gospel passage of the Beatitudes on the Solemnity of All Saints. For in this most wonderful teaching from the Son of God, we are shown the way to holiness, to blessedness, to joyfulness.

Situated in St. Matthew’s Gospel within the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes chart a sure course on how to be “blessed,” that is, how to be joyful!

The deeply spiritual scientist and theologian Jesuit Father Teilhard de Chardin said, “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”

In our hearts, you and I long for joy, that joy to the full that Jesus promises us, the joy that only he can give us. And the Beatitudes teach us the way!

And so it is that when we are “poor in spirit” – totally trusting and dependent on God; when we allow God to comfort us when we “mourn”; when we are “meek” – living with gentle strength; when we “hunger and thirst for righteousness” – striving to live in right relationship with God, all others and ourselves; when we are “merciful” to all; when we are “clean of heart” – thinking, feeling and acting with purity and honesty; when we are “peacemakers” – praying and working for peace within ourselves, within our families, within our nation and within our world; and when we are persecuted for faithfully living out these Beatitudes, let us “rejoice and be glad” for our reward will be great in heaven! (see: Matt. 5:1-12).

Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and be Glad) urges us to apply the Beatitudes to the life and death situations facing our world.

He writes, “Our defense of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development. Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection.

“We cannot uphold an ideal of holiness that would ignore injustice in a world where some revel, spend with abandon and live only for the latest consumer goods, even as others look on from afar, living their entire lives in abject poverty” (see: https://bit.ly/2C2vSNP).

Daily I receive in my inbox the “Saint of the Day” from Franciscan Media. I always find the brief biography and refection interesting and inspiring. You can sign up at https://info.franciscanmedia.org/franciscan-media-newsletter-sign-up.

Blessed are those who live the Beatitudes, for they are experiencing a wonderful taste of heaven right here on earth!

Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist. He is available to speak at diocesan or parish gatherings. Tony can be reached at tmag@zoominternet.net.

Published in: on November 1, 2019 at 10:28 am  Leave a Comment  

The Greatness of the Lord is Mercy on All

Reflection for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Director of Advocacy, Sr. Maria Orlandini, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our October 28th newsletter


I cannot help but wonder what must have been in Zacchaeus’ heart to prod him to make a fool of himself, a grown man, to climb a tree in order to take a glance at Jesus passing by. Don’t we wish sometimes that we too may have the freshness of his enthusiasm for Jesus? Zacchaeus was on the way to conversion. He was moved by what he heard about Jesus and he wanted to see and hear for himself. He was not disappointed; Jesus invited himself to his house, to the utter confusion and disbelief of the people who thought they knew how to deal with a “sinner.”

The reading from the Book of Wisdom this week can help us once more to grasp how God deals with Zacchaeus, with us, and with the whole universe. “Before the Lord the whole universe is as a grain from a balance, or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth. But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things; and you overlook people’s sins that they may repent.” (Wis 11:22-23)

Pope Francis says, “I think — and I say it with humility — that this is the Lord’s most powerful message: mercy.” To help us reflect on mercy he designated 2016 as the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Mercy is the language that God speaks and Jesus showed it to us. We see it at work with Zacchaeus. Jesus sat at the table with him, and listened to him and the future plans he had for his life, letting salvation flow in him.

How do we deal with sisters and brothers sinners like us? Do we believe that, like for Zacchaeus, there is always a way to redemption, that it is always possible to start anew, to raise ourselves up?

We seem to live in a mean world, a selfish world, where thinking of myself and what I get out of a given situation for my own benefit and self-aggrandizement, look like the norm. There appears to be very little space for mercy, including in our incarceration and immigration systems.

Yet, if we want to live a life worthy to be called life, and live in the kind of nation we proclaim to be, we need to heed to the words of Psalm 145 and use them as our guide: “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness. The Lord is good to all and compassionate toward all his works.”

Sr. Maria Orlandini, OSF
FAN Director of Advocacy

Published in: on October 29, 2019 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  

The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor. Do We?

Reflection for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Board Member, Sr. Margaret Magee, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our October 21st newsletter


It is always a good and important practice to sit, read and reflect on the readings for the upcoming Sunday celebration of Eucharist. In this way we are not hearing the readings for the first time as we gather for Mass, rather earlier in the week we create the space within us to ponder and allow the scriptures to dwell, to speak to our hearts and to call us to conversion. Our readings for this Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time are especially important as they call us to a deeper understanding of God’s justice.

Clearly, we hear the words of Sirach, “The Lord is a God of justice…who hears the cry of the oppressed.” After this first reading, many of us will join in singing the familiar and popular hymn, “The Lord hears the cry of the poor, blessed be the Lord.” In the gospel, none of us will likely identify ourselves with the Pharisee and his prayer, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity.’ We want to believe that we are on the right side of justice, living with a conscious care for those who are poor, for the dignity of all people and that we are working and advocating against environmental injustices and for the care and protection of our Sister, Mother Earth. But are we doing enough?

Have we attuned our ears and our hearts to hear the cries of the people most affected? Have we heard the cry of Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old Climate Activist from Sweden, as she spoke during the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City? Greta’s cry for climate justice is clear!

We need to hear and be attentive to the cries and voices of those most affected. Recently, I read the book, Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience and the Fight for a Sustainable Future written by Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland. In this book she shares the stories of individuals from around the world who represent those people most affected by environmental pollution, greed and injustice and how they are working for change and creating hope for a sustainable future. I invite you to read and to hear these voices and their cries for justice for the poor and those most vulnerable and endangered in this climate crisis.

May God give us the strength and courage to be on the side of justice, mercy and love for all people and to work more diligently for the protection and care of our Common Home.

Sr. Margaret Magee, OSF
FAN Board Member

Published in: on October 22, 2019 at 9:40 am  Leave a Comment