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Reflections on CST

This section includes reflections to inspire and challenge us as we strive to be beacons of God’s light and love in our communities.


UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL SIN

Social sin exists within any structure in society that oppresses human beings, violates human dignity, stifles freedom and/or imposes great inequity. This resource can help you understand the basics of social sin, and how we are called to respond.
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GOD'S LOVE AND THE DEMANDS OF GRACE

As baptized Catholics, we are called to help build social structures that promote life, enhance human dignity and encourage the development of community and the common good. Through God’s grace and our efforts to build solidarity, a new community can arise that will provide a place at the table for all God’s people. 
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DISCUSSION GUIDE FOR ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

This guide helps small groups reflect on thirteen important themes from Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home. Additional materials on Laudato Si' are available here.
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REFLECTIONS ON THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL

How are we called to be “a Church which goes forth”? Reflect with members of the Catholic Charities USA network on this call from Pope Francis.
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REFLECTION GUIDES ON CHARITY IN TRUTH

These reflection materials for both individuals and small groups can help us learn more about Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical, which explores Catholic teaching on human development, economic life, and other pressing global issues.
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