Practicing solidarity means crossing all kinds of borders, visible and invisible. These include national boundaries as well as racial, ethnic, and economic differences. All people are created equal in dignity. The human race is a single species with the potential for unity.
Because the human person is sacred, every human being has both rights and responsibilities. Each of us has the very basic rights to life and to food, clothing, shelter, health care, education, work. At the same time each of us has a duty to protect others’ rights.
Like the scriptures, Catholic social teaching tells us that how we treat the poorest and weakest among us is the test of how good our society is (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2419-2449). It tells us to put the needs of the least among us first. Sometimes this is called a preferential option for the poor. This teaching measures all policies and programs by how they affect the least and most vulnerable among us.
Ways to put your Faith in Action:
• Learn about Fair Trade at Green America. Learn how you can help your family, community or school to participate in this system of exchange that honors producers, communities, consumers and the environment.
• As your school about the company supplying athletic clothing for your teams. Research whether the company uses overseas child labor. If they do, find another supplier.
• As whether your diocese sponsors an overseas mission. If they do, take up a Christmas collection to help families the missions serve enjoy a better Christmas.