At-Home Lesson#5

Part 2. Together We Are Strong: THE CHURCH'S SOCIAL MISSION

Topic 2: Faith and Justice [1]

Behind DOCAT

The spiritual mission of the Church is pretty obvious: to get people to Heaven. But the Church also cares about the physical and emotional well-being of her children and not just their spiritual health. The human person is body and soul, and the Church cares for both. This is why the social doctrine of the Church is so important. Making a better world here and now goes hand in hand with our heavenly destiny. To be a Christian means caring that others are fed both spiritually and physically. There are many ways to do this, and so the Church puts forth guidelines and principles in her social teaching, and it is up to us to put those into practice.


Read the content under DOCAT# 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36 (numbers in blue circle) from DOCAT p.40~p.45. [2]

What Does DOCAT Say?

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What Does the Bible Say?

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DO Reflect

The Church does not create political policies or tell society what exactly to do to solve individual problems. It is the job of the individual Christian, especially the lay Christian, to be involved in politics and specific social causes. This means that you are called to work toward building that city of man “in greater conformity with the Kingdom of God” (Compendium of Social Doctrine, 63). There are many ways to do this, and each of us answers this call according to our own unique gifts and opportunities. How we put the principles of the Church’s social doctrine into concrete practice will be somewhat different for each one of us, but we must all get involved!

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DO Chat

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DO Challenge

Pray:    Take some time each day this week to pray for your elected officials.

Seek:    Ask God how he wants you to be more involved in working for a better society.

Act:      If you are old enough to vote, make sure you are registered with your current address.

References / Citations

[1] DOCAT Study Guide. San Francisco, Calif: Ignatius Press, 2016.

[2] DOCAT: What to do? The Social Teaching of the Catholic Church. San Francisco, Calif: Ignatius Press, 2016.

[3] BibleGateway (online bible).