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JUSTICE

Links to the SE posts on the heavenly attribute of JUSTICE:

December 20 SE 355 December 21 SE 356 December 22 SE 357
December 23 SE 358 December 24 SE 359 December 25 SE 360

ďWhen you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When you ask why the poor have no food, they call you a communist." -- Archbishop Helder Camara, Brazilian liberation theologist (found at http://www.salsa.net/peace/quotes.html, quote #58)

"Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

ďAny religion which professes to be concerned about the souls of men and women and is not concerned about the social and economic conditions that can scar the soul, is a spiritually moribund religion only waiting for the day to be buried.Ē -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice." -- Lord Acton (found at http://www.salsa.net/peace/quotes.html, quote #3)

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THE CELEBRATION IS SO MUCH BETTER WHEN NO ONE IS DENIED

Martin Luther King, Jr. often said: ďThe arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.Ē He got that line from a 19th century Unitarian minister, abolitionist, transcendentalist, Theodore Parker. Parker was right and King was right. Justice is definitely Godís way and it is our way as we assume our rightful role as a heavenly being.

In stillness we canít help but hear the cries of the poor, the alienated, the confused and the oppressed. Sooner or later we know we must act, act on their behalf, act for ourselves, for all. For we are all poor, alienated, confused, oppressed as long as any one of us is. We must always identify with the marginalized. Solidarity.

Those of us who have long benefited from white privilege must not be content until the day comes when the color of our skin really does not matter. We have made progress but we still have a long way to go.

Where justice is denied, Love is denied. We have put up barriers to keep out God, to keep out heaven, to keep out wholeness and truth and beauty. We must confess this regularly and seek to tear down those barriers. We must find ways, all kinds of ways, to create a society where no one is denied access to the abundance God provides.

This requires plenty of compassion and creativity. We get this from God when we pray. Prayer changes things. Itís not magic. Prayer is an attitude adjustment. God changes us and makes us become agents of change. We simply donít accept an earth where justice is denied. We canít. We wonít.

Each of us must choose among all of the causes demanding our attention and action. Prayer leads us to a good fit, where our unique gifts can make a difference. Believe. The more we pray for justice, the more we can make a big difference. Yes, we hear the cries. Our prayerful response leads to smiles and laughter and equality. The heavenly feast is intended for everyone. Let no one be denied. Enjoy. Celebrate. Be glad all over.

The celebration is so much better when no one is denied. There is so much variety on this planet, so much beauty. Justice means we all can enjoy what everyone is offering. The barriers we have built have prevented a lot of joy from circulating freely. This is not Godís will. Tear down those barriers. Let justice flow.

THE WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE

Justice simply means that everything is the way itís supposed to be. This is the natural state of our heavenly reality. God made it that way. God makes it that way. When we are awake, aware and connected to this reality we know that any earthly illusion of injustice is temporary and ultimately does not exist at all. With this knowledge we can courageously and creatively reduce the earthly illusion of injustice with all of our heart, soul, strength and mind.

But we have to admit that itís a pretty powerful illusion that we are dealing with here. It will indeed take all our heart, soul, mind and strength to eradicate injustice. Can it be done? I hope so. Godís will be done.

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RESOURCES ON THE WEB

  • Spirituality & Practice offers a great guide to the spiritual practice of JUSTICE by Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat who also cover many other practices at their amazing website. They have written thousands of book reviews, movie reviews, compilations of engaging quotes and educational guides.

  • Open Democracy offers abundant resources on just about every issue imagineable facing our planet.

  • Responsible Shopper is an important website offering comprehensive and detailed information on many businesses. Both the positives and the negatives are covered.

  • Visit the website of Howard Zinn . Howard Zinn recently died. He was a highly respected and challenging scholar who focused sharply on peace and justice issues.

  • The Abundancetrek "Connections Galore" page offers many links to wonderful organizations working for peace and justice.

  • Naomi Klein has contributed immensely to our understanding of the effects of the radical capitalist policies which have increasingly dominated our planet for the past 4 decades. A few get fabulously wealthy while most of the rest of us see either little change or see our material wealth decline. Many have been reduced to poverty by these policies which its advocates still say will improve the lives of everyone. She wrote SHOCK DOCTRINE which tells how the disciples of Milton Friedman have used crisis situations over and over again to implement these radical policies. Often they have taken advantage of situations during and after some horrible repressive events such as the coup which overthrew the popularly elected Marxist president of Chile in 1973. There is now a documentary named SHOCK DOCTRINE which tells the stories of some of these terrible events.





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