Solidarity and Our Faith

“On both the individual and communitarian levels, indifference to one’s neighbor, born of indifference to God, finds expression in disinterest and a lack of engagement, which only help to prolong situations of injustice and grave social imbalance.” (Pope Francis, 2016 World Day of Peace)

Catholic Social Teaching emphasizes that we are one human family regardless of our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. What brings us together is that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. We have common needs, interests and aspirations, not the least of which is eternal salvation.

And we are all on this journey towards salvation together! Accordingly, we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. The image of the Body of Christ, of which we are all individual parts, gives us a visual way to think of our solidarity.

So, how can we put this important social justice principle of our faith into practice? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Support the Diocese’s Global Solidarity Partnership with the Diocese of San Marcos, Guatemala. Think about joining one of the Diocesan delegations to San Marcos or participate in a parish Solidarity Partnership activity. (www.cdow.org/solidarity)
  • Stay informed on local, national and international issues that impact those on the margins of our society. Do we understand what’s going on in our local community? How about in the underdeveloped countries around the world?
  • Volunteer to help those in need and support organizations such as Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services.
  • Become a voice for the voiceless by joining the Delaware Catholic Advocacy Network (www.cdow.org/dcan) or the Maryland Catholic Advocacy Network (www.mdcathcon.org/joincan) and advocate on matters of public policy that intersect Catholic Social Teaching.
  •  Look at others as children of God and do not judge others who may be different from us.

We can counter the indifference to our neighbor about which Pope Francis cautioned us. Let’s all work together in Solidarity to make a real difference!