Jesus himself taught us how to serve one another.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.
Our model of service comes from our corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and put into action through our Catholic Social Teaching.
“Charity will never be true unless it takes justice into account… Let no one attempt with trifling charitable donations to exempt themselves from the great duties imposed by justice.” Divini Redemptoris, #49, Pope Pius XI (1937)
Mary Mother’s Social Justice Ministry is based on the “two feet” of Charity and Justice. We seek to help those in crisis, but also to address the roots of injustice which foster difficulty and despair. We are all God’s children, and as such, deserve to share in the gifts of God’s creation and to experience Christ’s love.
CHARITY ∙ Private individual acts ∙ Responds to immediate need ∙ Provides direct service: Food, clothing, shelter ∙ Requires repeated actions ∙ Directed at the effects of injustice ∙ Homeless shelters, food shelves, clothing drives, emergency collections, etc.
JUSTICE ∙ Public, collective actions ∙ Responds to long-term needs ∙ Promotes social change in institutions ∙ Resolves structural injustice ∙ Directed at the root causes of injustice ∙ Legislative advocacy, changing corporate policy, community actions, etc.