1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the
LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who
mourn; 3to grant to those who mourn in Zion–to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may
be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.
4They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair
the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.
“1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the
LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who
mourn; 3to grant to those who mourn in Zion–to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may
be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.
4They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair
the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.”
– Isaiah 61: 1-4
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Our work begins and ends with the word of the Lord. Coming forward to acknowledge the liberating power of God, we find solace and purpose in a world full of injustice and social inequality. As Catholics, we are united under a rich social teaching that promotes consciousness of the worldwide human family and action in the footsteps of Christ to and with His people.
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Seven key themes of this social teaching include:
* sanctity of human life and dignity of the person
* call to community, family, and participation
* rights and responsibilities
* preferential option for the poor
* dignity of work and rights of workers
* solidarity
* care for God’s creation
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At the USC Catholic Center, situated in the heart of Los Angeles and host to hundreds of enlightened and engaged university students, Social Justice is a core ministry. The themes of social justice are addressed through several programs, events, and initiatives throughout the school year. Our goal is to educate parishioners of social realities and provide opportunities for action within a demanding college schedule.
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Interested? Excited? Ready to Act? Browse the top navigation bar for profiles of some of the USC Catholic Center’s core programs. Check out the right side of this page for links related to social justice. And, pretty please, follow the blog!!! It will be updated throughout the year with newsbites, events, thoughts of the day, prayers, random pictures of Joel, etc.
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Author’s Note: Please feel free to contact Melissa Montalvo <mmmontal@usc.edu> if you are interested in social justice and would like to be involved in our ministry or join our social justice team (the creative force behind our work). Also join the facebook group!