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					                                      Ontario Provincial Council 2011-2013
                                   of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada
                                      Community Life Standing Committee
                                    Centred on Faith & Justice – Dignity for All

Directive #4                                            Pages: 2                                                   January 11, 2012

To:       Diocesan Community Life Standing Committee Chairpersons
From:     Verna Lynn Bergeron, Ontario Provincial Community Life Standing Committee Chair
cc:       Diocesan Presidents, Provincial Officers, National Community Life Chair, and Sub-Committee

Dear Diocesan Community Life Chairs

                              “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.
                                      It is the protection of a fundamental human right,
                                             the right to dignity and a decent life…”
                                                         (Nelson Mandela)

Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is a community of faithful people.                                 A Prayer for Social Justice
Their mission “is to promote public justice in Canada by shaping key public
                                                                                           God, we pray that Your Spirit may rule
policy debates through research and analysis, publishing and public dialogue.               over all things.
CPJ encourages citizens, leaders in society and governments to support                     May Your Spirit rule
policies and practices which reflect God’s call for love, justice and                       over kings and presidents
                                                                                            over prime ministers and generals
stewardship.” (www.cpj.ca)                                                                  over CEOs and party bosses
                                                                                            over the legislature and
                                                                                            over the bureaucrats
I would like to recommend a resource that is offered through Citizens                       over all citizens.
for Public Justice, which will give us insight into poverty and help us                    May Your Spirit guide us
                                                                                            on the way of peace
guide our members in this area.                                                             on the way of honest dialogue
                                                                                            on the way of reconciliation between peoples
                                                                                            on the way of disarmament and
The resource is a book called Living Justice: A Gospel Response to                            justice
Poverty. Using this book, Community Life chairs have the opportunity                        on the way of freedom and life for all.
                                                                                           May Your Spirit lead us
of presenting short workshops at their monthly meetings as each section                     on the journey of blessings shared with all
within chapters are individual workshops. The website says this book                        on the journey of educational opportunity
                                                                                              for all our children
“is for Christian faith communities trying to live out the justice mandate to               on the adventure of research and study
love the stranger, the widow, and the orphan, and to seek just relations within               that helps all men and women
society. It is a resource for people interested in learning more about the                  on the road to meaningful work for all
situation of poverty in Canada, exploring the Christian call to respond, and                on the path of solidarity and love between
searching for ways to engage and create change. It includes reflections,                      all our brothers and sisters.
                                                                                           May Your Spirit help us
discussion questions, activities, and prayers that will provide insight into the            to speak up with courage
situation of poverty in Canada, the challenges and opportunities we face as a               to share what we have and what we are
society, and actions that we, as Christians, can take. The book explores                    to challenge the powers that be
                                                                                            to offer a message of liberation and life.
material (or physical) poverty as well as emotional, community, and spiritual              We make this prayer through Christ, our Lord.
poverty. All of the materials in Living Justice are intended to invite prayerful           Amen.
contemplation and action in order to reduce the burden for those living in
                                                                                           [Catholic Women’s League;
poverty, and ultimately to see that poverty is eliminated.                                 A prayer for Social Justice]

To order this book ($13.25) click on Living Justice: A Gospel Response
to Poverty.
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Since we are committed to eliminating poverty and believe in justice for everyone, I encourage you to order the

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Campaign 2000 Annual Report Card
In their current e-newsletter, Citizens for Public Justice report that “November 24 marked the 22nd anniversary
of the House of Commons' unanimous resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. But as
Campaign 2000 has once again noted in this year’s annual report card on the state of child and family poverty in
our country, we’re still miles short of the goal.” According to this year's report, 1 in 10, or approximately
639,000 Canadian children live in poverty. The situation is even worse among Canada's First Nations
communities, where 1 in 4 children grow up in poverty.

Your sister in Christ,

Verna Lynn

                                                Pray, Pray, Pray

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