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TRUTH that does JUSTICE

James E. Hug, SJ has a PhD in Theology with a focus on social ethics.
Jim worked on national and international social justice issues in Washington, D.C. for 33 years, 24 years as president-director of the Center of Concern. His work connected him with social justice organizations and networks on six continents.   Jim is now the Sacramental Minister and chaplain in residence at a Dominican Motherhouse.

He writes: “What will I focus on in this blog?  That will have to emerge over time.  But I can say this in general.  I do not want to just denounce what is wrong – although denouncing evil is an essential prophetic challenge.  I do not want to get mired in statistics and dry principles and rules.  I am interested in spirituality, in exploring the elements of a contemporary spirituality alert to, responsive to, and embodying the kind of truth that will help create a more just and life-giving world community.  Some truth is factual, but irrelevant, manipulative, or distracting; some is solely personal.  I hope to be exploring truth that will feed the type of Christian spirituality needed for this time in history, truth that is social, even global or cosmic in perspective, rooted in prayer, discerned in honest and respectful dialogue, and offering a vision oriented to creating the justice of God’s reign.”

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9-11: A Lament

August 11, 2018
This post returns to a theological reflection I wrote with my Center of Concern colleagues in the immediate aftermath of September 11, 2001. It contemplates the “Best Face of America” and warns of the temptations at that time. Its plea went unheeded. Its vision deserves our continuing prayer and dedication....
Earth Overshoot Day 2018
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Earth Overshoot Day 2018: August 1

August 3, 2018
Let this sink in: We’ve already used up a year’s worth of Earth’s resources Wednesday, August 1st, is Earth Overshoot Dayfor 2018. What is Earth Overshoot Day?It is the day in any given year that the human community has used more from nature than Earth can renew in the entire...
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Pentecost: Uncaging the Spirit, Uncaging Ourselves

May 26, 2018
Pentecost: Uncaging the Spirit, Uncaging Ourselves Published by National Catholic Reporter in its Online Blog.  Reprinted text used with permission. Christian churches around the world celebrate Pentecost, the feast of the gift of the Holy Spirit at the launch of the Christian mission. I am afraid, however, that through the centuries,...
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Crafting Peace: Students on Gun Violence

April 29, 2018
Tens of thousands of students across the U.S. have again walked out of their schools in a coordinated effort to demand an end to gun violence.  This protest takes place on the 19thanniversary of the Columbine school shooting.  Since then, more than 208,000 students across the country have experienced gun...
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God on our Streets: 2018

March 24, 2018
John 10:31-42 As I wrote in my last blog entry, I believe that the Spirit of God is active in social movements in our times, as has been the case throughout history. It requires a discerning social consciousness for all serious Christians. Holiness is not simply a personal interior quest...
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#HashtagsOfTheSpirit

March 19, 2018
The Holy Spirit has a new organizing tool. The hashtag. #MeToo #TimesUp #EnoughIsEnough #NeverAgain #MarchForOurLives. The list can go on. There is no better recent example than the way #MeToo created a sense of solidarity and protection that gave victims around the world, people who had been threatened into silence...
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Embracing Lent – Choosing Life

February 19, 2018
The first Preface for Lent in the Catholic liturgy begins by thanking God for giving us “this joyful season.” That’s not the way I grew up thinking of and experiencing Lent! It was more about giving things up [often candy as a kid. Oh how we looked forward to noon...
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In the Face of Racist Leaders. . .

January 18, 2018
What truth can wrap around the events of these last few days, straining to bend them toward justice? What events? Thursday, January 11th in a meeting with lawmakers on DACA and immigration protections for people from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration agreement, President...
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TRUTH that does JUSTICE

January 13, 2018
“President Trump has made more that 2,000 false or misleading claims over 355 days.”   Headline, The Washington Post, January 10, 2018 Truth, such a treasured focus and value in Dominican spirituality, has had a very tough couple years. So I was especially pleased when Karen Rossman, OP, the Program Director...
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Reflection on Peacemaking

December 3, 2017
“Be Watchful!  Be Alert!  You do not know when the time will come!”  [Mk. 13:33] This opening line from the gospel for the 1st Sunday of Advent seems in no way unusual.  We hear a similar message each year at this time.  But this year it may be providing the context...