Social Concerns

You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.Micah 6:8

In this quote from the prophet Micah, the command to “do justice” refers to our human behavior in relationship with all of humankind.  In his parable of the sheep and the goats (Matthew 25:31-46), Jesus tells us that whatever we do or do not do for “one of these least brothers of mine” – the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the ill, the imprisoned – we do or do not do it for him.  Throughout the Bible we read that we, as children of God, are expected to pursue lives of justice. 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has identified seven key themes of Catholic Social Teaching:

  • Life and dignity of the human person – the foundation of all of the Church’s social teaching.
  • Call to family, community, and participation – all people have the right and the duty to participate in seeking the common good and well-being of each person, especially those in need.
  • Rights and responsibilities – each person has rights and responsibilities to our families and to society.
  • Preferential Option for the poor and vulnerable – this is reflected in the passage from Matthew noted above.
  • Dignity of work and the rights of workers – all workers have the right to expect fair treatment from employers and the responsibility to do their appointed jobs well, to the best of their abilities
  • Solidarity – all people, worldwide, are children of God, regardless of their national, racial, ethnic, economic, or ideological differences.
  • Care for God's creation – in the beginning, God gave “Man” dominion over all creation, but that comes with the requirement that we be good Stewards of these gifts.

Here at Our Lady of Good Counsel, we strive to promote these concepts in all of our works.  Our pages on our Outreach Ministries show the work that we do in helping the needy.  If you are interested in joining us in this mission, you will find many Opportunities to Serve which might fit your interests and abilities.

In addition, we are organizing a Social Justice Committee to examine and evaluate other ways in which OLGC can reach out in service. If you would like to join this committee, please contact Director of Development Patrice Roe, 703-896-7424.

Papal and Vatican Documents on the Church’s Social Teaching