Catholic Social Teaching:
Did you know that there are clear ethical teachings on justice? The main teachings concern—
Community and the Common Good;
Rights and Responsibilities;
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable;
Dignity of Work—Rights of Workers;
Stewardship of Creation;
Role of Government;
Promotion of Peace.
The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the person is at the core of a moral vision for society. Our belief in the sanctity of human life and the inherent dignity of the human person is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching.
(Archdiocese of St. Paul—Minneapolis)
What might this call to honor human dignity mean for us? How can we work for human dignity in our social systems, in our communities, in our families, and with our friends and co-workers. What one action could you take to honor the dignity of others? It doesn’t have to be a huge step, maybe it could be as simple as thanking people who wait on you, or as profound as letting other drivers merge in front of you. Or, maybe you are called to take more systemic action such as contacting your representative, or actively working to educate others about the horrors of human trafficking.
Whatever you feel called to do—blessings!