Social Justice and the Eucharistic Life

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BY MONICA MIKHAIL

“The hungry are perishing, the naked are freezing to death, the debtors are unable to breathe, and will you put off showing mercy until tomorrow?”

– On Social Justice, Saint Basil the Great

The celebration of the Eucharist—union with Christ by partaking in His Body and Blood—was central to the identity of the early Christian community. The Mystery of the Eucharist, which means ‘thanksgiving’ in Greek, extended beyond its immediate celebration and permeated all facets of the early Christian life. The early Christian community attained a deeper understanding of the reality of the world by their continuous participation in the sacramental life of the Church. Through the liturgy of the Eucharist, they were able to see beyond the ephemeral nature of the present world and experience a taste of the everlasting Kingdom. Because the early Christian community centered itself around this mystery, they could not neglect the social injustices within their society. They strived to have their community and society mirror the complete flourishing in the age to come by addressing social needs despite this world’s temporality. They attempted to create an image of the Kingdom here on earth. A new and radical mode of living resulted from this awareness of their unity with Christ and each other through their communal participation in this mystery. Continue reading “Social Justice and the Eucharistic Life”

It is Well

BY JENNIFER YIM A pearly-white picket fence borders a two–story house, offering the impression of a safe embrace. The fence stands waist high—not actually providing protection or keeping intruders out, but there’s no real threat in this neighborhood anyway. Or this city. Maybe even in this state. Really, it stands to keep the squabbling puppies from running wildly out into the vast unknown. And rightfully … Continue reading It is Well

Abortion and Social Justice

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BY ALLEN HUANG

When I arrived at college, it took me a while to join my school’s pro-life group. I could theoretically wrap my head around the idea that terminating fetuses amounted to taking innocent human life. The thing was, being at a very socially conscious college opened my eyes to the myriad types of other suffering and affronts to human dignity in the world.

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