Sister Mary's Justice Notes | October 11

‘Cosmology and Consciousness: A Day with Ilia Delio’ Oct. 28 at Mercy Center
Spend a day with noted theologian Ilia Delio, OSF, as she explores, “Cosmology and Consciousness: The Search for Wholeness” on Saturday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Mercy Center. Delio will explore the meaning of Jesus Christ in an evolutionary universe and the significance of Christ in evolution for the future direction of Christian life. Cost is $80 and includes lunch. To register, contact Bob Kaintz at For more information, contact Ron Nimer at
Thoughts and Prayers – and Little Else – in a Paralyzed Nation
We think and we pray. We offer our most heartfelt condolences. And then we do nothing. This is the new American way, in the face of the “new normal” created by gun violence and mass killings. See what columnist Tony Messenger has to say about the demons within the American society. Click here.
National Migration Week Continues with Prayers, Actions
National Migration Week is Oct. 7-13, as called by the U.S. Catholic bishops. The week aims to raise awareness and understanding of the unprecedented number of migrants and refugees globally, including those who have come to the U.S It also aims to challenge myths and perceptions in order to encourage greater support for migrants and refugees in the U.S. and around the world. The Catholic Health Care Association (CHA) developed a “Share the Journey” campaign that runs through Friday, with daily prayers and actions supporting migrants and refugees. Find them here.
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Racism is something that puts others at a disadvantage. But white privilege puts me at an advantage. Scholar Peggy McIntosh reflects on some of the daily effects of white privilege in her life, and invites whites to be aware of the systemic, unearned advantages conferred on them simply by birth. Read more.
October is Respect Life Month; End Capital Punishment
October is Respect Life Month. The Catholic Mobilizing Network has prepared a “Respect Life Month Toolkit,” which provides education, advocacy, and prayer resources about the pro-life call to end capital punishment. For a Respect Life Month Toolkit, click here.
Tell Congress to Save the Energy Star Program
Congress is considering crippling budget cuts to the ENERGY STAR program. Close to half of all U.S. households purchased at least one ENERGY STAR product last year because consumers rely on the program to identify products and businesses that will save them money and reduce their energy use. This smarter energy use means fewer fossil fuels are needed to power homes and businesses, which supports cleaner air and a healthier climate. Since 1992, the program has helped families and businesses save $430 billion on utility bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2.8 billion metric tons.
The stable support provided by ENERGY STAR spurs economic growth and encourages product innovation. The Natural Resources Defense Council urges us to tell Congress they’ll face massive opposition if they cut funding for the program. More here.
If St. Louis is the ‘New Selma,” What Role will Catholics Play?
What St. Louis’ white Catholics have historically done best in the struggle for racial justice has been to support and work with their fellow black Christians. Remembering Jesuit Claude Heithaus and the end of segregation at Saint Louis University in 1945, and the role of Catholic sisters in the march to Selma may be what white Catholics need as they confront the racial divide in 2017. Read more.

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