Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

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. Embracing the Ten Commandments enables a person to live uprightly and adhere to God’s and man’s laws.

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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 heads, food on our tables and clothes on our backs will say when we see someone less fortunate than ourselves. Continue reading

Types of Justice – Part II of III

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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 subsidies from the proposed Ryan budget that would address the needs of the less fortunate, and the Democrats (for the 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 with others.

We only need look at the news on television to see that man very easily wrongs one’s neighbors, Continue reading

Where does justice reside? Why is Justice important?

Right Reason

How do you know if a person is just? Justice resides in the will of every person, yet a truly just person is distinguished by right reason and upright conduct. Exercising, or practicing Justice through means of morally appropriate activity, results in the shaping of the social order. For example, an individual who volunteers his time in the Peace Corps, is giving both God and man their due by working to meet the needs of others in a morally upright manner, using right reason. He assists in the shaping of the social order by working to improve the living status of those whom he assists, whether it is through educating the illiterate, feeding the poor, building necessary infrastructure, etc. He Continue reading

What is Justice?

Give God His Due

Is justice fairness, or fairness justice? The answer is not necessarily so. In our secular society we tend to equate justice with fairness. We use the scales of justice to identify equality versus inequality and then conclude that justice is either working as intended or not.  However, God’s justice is on a whole different plane than man’s definition of the term. True justice is defined as giving God His due through worship, praise and thanksgiving, as well as giving one’s neighbor his due by respecting his rights and personhood. These actions are just.

Let’s look at what Father Morris from christophers.org has to say about the definition of Justice:

I like Father Morris’ thoughts about meeting the needs of Continue reading

New Priests!

New Priests

June is that time of year when seminarians, who have completed their studies, are ordained to the priesthood, via the sacrament of Holy Orders, within the Catholic faith. Yesterday, I was fortunate to witness the ordination of three good men: Father Noah Carter, Father Paul Buchanan and Father Paul McNulty (from left to right in photo with Bishop Peter Jugis) for the Diocese of Charlotte, NC.  I have personally known Father Paul Buchanan since he was 16. Father Paul McNulty was once a parishioner of my parish along with his family until a few years ago, and Father Noah Carter served at my parish, Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, last summer as a Transitional Deacon.

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Final Thoughts on Fortitude

Pope Francis 2

I think the Holy Father, Pope Francis, sums it up best with his catechesis on Fortitude, where it is not only one of the cardinal virtues, but it is also a gift of the Holy Spirit:

With the Holy Spirit’s gift of Fortitude, we can remain faithful. Through counsel and knowledge and understanding, we have the courage to do God’s will even in the face of fear. We are all made to be courageous. Fortitude is there for the asking – just ask for it!

As we close out our discussion on Fortitude, is there anything left unsaid? Enter the conversation in the comments section.

What is justice? We’ll answer that question as we begin to look at the virtue Continue reading