Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Matt 5:7 NRSVCE
Advocacy here is defined as speaking up on behalf of the powerless and voiceless in society to promote justice for people and creation through influencing:
Advocacy is an important strategy and tool for all kinds of charity, pro-life and JPIC social action; and was specifically called for by the XIII General Chapter of the OFS in 2011 (see FIOFS, CIOFS & Presence in the World Commission). Advocacy is the main ministry of Franciscans International at the United Nations.
“A church that doesn’t provoke any crises,
a gospel that doesn’t unsettle,
a word of God that doesn’t get under anyone’s skin,
a word of God that doesn’t touch the real sin
of the society in which it is being proclaimed,
what gospel is that?
Very nice, pious considerations
that don’t bother anyone,
that’s the way many would like preaching to be.
Those preachers who avoid every thorny matter
so as not to be harassed,
so as not to have conflicts and difficulties,
do not light up the world they live in.
They don’t have Peter’s courage, who told that crowd
where the bloodstained hands still were
they had killed Christ:
‘You killed him!’ [Acts 2:23]
Even though the charge could cost him his life as well,
he made it.
The gospel is courageous;
it’s the good news
of him who came to take away the world’s sins.”
—April 16, 1978
Quote for March: 3.2.50.j. “ … The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (2005) states: “The international community as a whole has the moral obligation to intervene on behalf of those groups whose very survival is threatened or whose basic human rights are seriously violated. ... The principle of national sovereignty cannot be claimed as a motive for preventing an intervention in defence of innocent victims.” (506).”
Quote for February
3.3.49. "Bonaventure says there are two books in which God reveals himself: Scripture and the Book of Creation. God is the author of both. So we should be able to learn of God from creation itself." (Harkins, 1994) However: “The metaphor of nature as a book for Christians to read was first proposed by Augustine.” (Warner, 2012, 1) It was passed on by Richard of St Victor, who wrote “that God has written two books: the Book of Scripture and the Book of Nature” (Ingham, 2009, 22), to Bonaventure and adopted and repeated by him.
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