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Seeking Justice: My Time on Jury Duty

Seeking Justice In the United States, a person is presumed innocent, until the State can prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the person, charged with a crime, is guilty. I got to see the wheels of justice turn, first-hand, during the last week in April, while serving on  jury duty. A husband/father was accused of assaulting his wife and daughter; hence two counts of assault.

The trial was fascinating, especially the jury selection part of the trial. I thought, for sure, I would be dismissed for two reasons:

  1. I have many years of training, as an auditor, where my job was Continue reading

“Presidential” Virtuous Values – A Celebration of Past Presidents

Virtuous Values Today is Presidents Day in the United States. On this day, we celebrate the contributions of past Presidents. What we remember most about these men stems from their character – their virtuous values.

Cherishing Virtuous Values

For example, we have the adage of George Washington, “I cannot tell a lie,” leading us to see George Washington as a man of truth and honor. We remember Abraham Lincoln for his fight for justice and peace; where “all men are created equal,” including those of color. Franklin D. Roosevelt said that “The only thing we have to fear, is fear Continue reading

All Life is Worth Living

January 13, 2016

Life Worth Living

Life is Precious

During the Christmas holiday, I was listening to an old Bishop Fulton Sheen episode that was on television, while working around the house. I heard him make a comment that shot directly to my brain: “All life is worth living.” He made this comment decades ago, as if a foretelling of something that we would need to focus on today. He made this prophetic comment well before abortion became legal, or euthanasia became popular; or before the death penalty became the preferred means for seeking justice. I began reflecting on his comment. I began by asking myself Continue reading

Practicing Justice in an Unjust World

Justice Freedom

How do you exercise, or practice Justice in your life? In addition to adherence to the Ten Commandments, and in treating others as you would wish to be treated, do you give others their rightful due of respect? Do you give God His due, with your love and willingness to follow His plan for you? And how do you use justice to exercise your freedom?

Benjamin Franklin is known to have said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.” With freedom, comes justice; with justice comes freedom. For in our freedom, we all seek justice, and it is through Continue reading

Embracing Justice

Ten CommandmentsHow might one embrace Justice? One way is to adhere to the Ten Commandments; the law set down by God. God is just, and He gave us the Ten Commandments, not to punish us, but to set us free from the slavery of sin. Many of our laws in the United States, as well as laws enacted in other countries, align with the Ten Commandments. For example, in the United States, it is against the law to lie under oath in a court of law. A man’s word is worth more than money, when truth is sought to provide justice. Continue reading

Types of Justice – Part III of III

Social JusticeWhat is Social Justice? Social justice is the awareness of socio-economic inequality and taking efforts to create opportunity and means for those less fortunate. Social Justice addresses any discriminate practice that demeans the human being, such as human-trafficking, degrading immigration policies, economic inequality, genocide, homelessness, etc. Where there is suffering at the cause of another, there is social injustice. Social Justice requires us to respect human dignity and to respect life at all times.

“There but for the grace of God, go I” is a famous quote/prayer that many of us that are fortunate to have a roof over our Continue reading

Types of Justice – Part II of III

Capitol Bldg

What is Distributive Justice? Distributive Justice is concerned with how a government or municipality handles the relationship between the government and the community, with the goal being to interact harmoniously and peaceably.  To effectively apply Distributive Justice the government must avoid corruption, care for the less fortunate, and enact laws with respect to the fundamental rights of each person. 1 The United States government has failed in all three requirements, in my opinion. Corruption is rampant with special interest lobbyists and the wealthy few setting the political agenda. The Republicans (for the most part) in Congress want to strip Continue reading

Types of Justice – Part I of III

Where is the Love How many different types of Justice exist? In these next three reflections we will discuss in detail three forms of Justice: Commutative, Distributive and Social Justice, and how they each propel us to consider the common good. Today, we’ll cover Commutative Justice, which is concerned with the mutual dealings between two individuals. When one individual is wronged by another, Commutative Justice would require that the wrong-doer correct the wrong-doing to the best means possible. For example, an apology might be in order, as well as a form of monetary payment for the trouble caused. Perhaps a reputation requires restoration Continue reading