Renew within me a steadfast spirit.
Psalm 51:12 (Ash Wednesday)
“Our call to love [is] one that transcends all prejudices,
all historical and cultural barriers, all petty interests.”
Fratelli Tutti 83
During Lent, in these turbulent times, how can we persevere in our work for justice with a steadfast spirit, rooted in love?
Join writers from the Jesuit and broader Catholic network as we seek to answer this question, renewing each day throughout Lent our commitment to care for both our fellow human beings and our common home.
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Join ISN intern Chloe Becker through this creative journaling exercise to reflect on your Lenten experience and your commitment to justice in the Easter season and beyond. Read more →
Today’s readings call us back to our roots, to our why. What is your why? Where did it all begin for you? God is waiting for us there. Read more →
Life: short, precarious, real, needs us to make every day count as together we build God’s dream. Read more →
How can today's silence of the tomb remind us to listen to the silent voice of creation, keeping an eye on the horizon? Read more →
On that first Good Friday, Jesus could act in no other way without betraying himself. The cross is the price of integrity. Read more →
Holy Thursday is particularly helpful for our times, when we are challenged to find new ways to show love and care for others. Read more →
We don’t get to Easter Sunday without dragging through this most difficult part of the story: the weight of sinfulness and our need for God’s mercy. Read more →
We cannot care for or carry each other at a distance—we know that the only way to sustain the long journey towards justice is in community. Read more →
Let our hope sustain us in the fight for justice as we join to create a world post-coronavirus that is more compassionate and filled with love than the one we had before. Read more →
In the Passion story, we witness a God whose love for us is steadfast—a reminder and a resource for us as we seek to embody that compassionate solidarity with with our lives. Read more →
Are our hearts open to the disruption the Spirit may cause as we discern the changes we must make to transform our lives and our world? Read more →
We must be bold enough to call for action, fight against injustice, and uphold what we know to be right according to the Gospel. It may not always feel good while we are going through it, but the glory comes in doing the work. Read more →
We all have the capacity vacillate between the “yes” of Mary and the “no” of Ahaz in our work for justice. But, if we look there, in the rawness of our lives, we might find God faithfully offering us steadfast love for our journey. Read more →
In the Gospels, Jesus clearly illustrates the commitment we are invited to make, the example we are called to live by, no matter the cost. Read more →
Deliverance is bound up with coming face to face with that which is afflicted in this world, and to see this pain and brokenness not as someone else’s problem or responsibility, but as very much our own. Read more →
Too many women, both in the Church and in society, are victims of a structural injustice and exclusion that seems to have no end. Read more →
For some in our nation it was easy to turn a blind eye to those waiting in tents in Mexico to seek asylum in the U.S., as these families were not within their view. But how could we not cross the bridge to reach out to them? Read more →
There will come a time when you have to choose a path. Will you go your own way? Or will you choose to follow the calling from God? Read more →
The story of justice needs us like it needed Joseph, too—in over our heads, steadfast and showing up to do our bit. Read more →
May we be the ancestors grounded in trust, truth, and justice. May we never lose faith in something that we have yet to see. Read more →
We have the power to respond to this moment of collective trauma, to bear witness of God’s steadfast love for us, through remembering our kinship to one another. Read more →
The man in today’s Gospel represents the majority in our world. He can’t get to the front of the line for an essential need. Read more →
During this Lent, today, we are invited to breathe and stand in solidarity with all of America, to help her give birth to something new. Read more →
"Those enslaved in America did not let go of the God of Moses, who would come to 'let His people go!' And nor can I stop bringing to light what this country has tried to bury in the dark." Read more →
If our Lenten practices cause false righteousness, and if our work for justice flows solely from a determination of self and not a downward gaze of surrender—this Lenten halftime pep talk is for us. Read more →
By linking love of self, love of neighbor, and love for God, Jesus calls us to refuse a self-love that is rooted in supremacy, but rather one that finds its deepest expression in a desire for community and kinship that is radically inclusive. Read more →
It is easy to point fingers at things that we find uncomfortable—to start shouting “demons”—but, as Jesus points out, that cuts everyone off from communion. Read more →
Remembering injustice is important to sustain the long-term struggle to eliminate atrocities from our lives and our world—and to remember God's steadfast love that we witness in the long history of work for justice. Read more →
During this Lenten season, may we repent, reflect, and renew our commitment to speaking-up, standing-up, and showing-up for justice and liberation. Read more →
Although justice necessitates action to actively dismantle systems of privilege and oppression, we can begin our work towards justice by showing kindness specifically to those most vulnerable to injustice around us. Read more →
When Jesus throws the money changers out of the Temple, he distinguishes between our relationship of love with God and the transactional relationships in the marketplace. How can each of us promote relationships of love in our communities and around the world? Read more →
How can we tend our inheritance, and leave our descendants an even richer treasure than we received? Read more →
Maybe rejection is only a Gospel necessity because we haven’t yet been courageous enough to dream up a world, to act on behalf of a world, where everyone is welcome. Read more →
Today’s Gospel calls us to be bridges over the chasms of our word, tending our own wounds with compassion so that we can approach the chasm as the threshold of possibility and transformation. This is how we begin to heal. Read more →
These are concerning times. But worry is a waste. Better to live in concern and with care. As Jesus often said: We’re not here to lose our life. We’re here to give it. Read more →
How can hope lead us to action in times of lamentation and fury, particularly surrounding grave, ongoing racial injustice? Read more →
Anti-racist work is an ongoing journey. I must hold myself and others accountable. However, I must do so with love and compassion, supporting others in our collective journey toward an anti-racist identity. Read more →
Jesus asks us to take the fruits of our time with God to others. To come down off the mountain. And to do the hard—and rewarding—work of being an apostle for social justice. Read more →
It takes revolutionary grace to accept the invitation of Ignatian spirituality to openness and receptivity, welcoming even our "enemy" in their complexity and brokenness. Read more →
As we look ahead to the Easter season and the end of the pandemic, how will we "turn from our evil ways" to build a world founded on love and justice? Read more →
Self-preservation closes us off to our deepest selves and to each other. Vulnerability opens us to different pathways forward. We must risk opening doors to others in order to have our own deepest needs met. Read more →
We must listen and respond to those who are crying for justice, fighting for a place at the table, challenging us to act justly. Read more →
How can you use this day to help other people experience God’s abundant, steadfast love—and to labor for a world that more fully honors the dignity and rights of all God’s children? Read more →
Witnessing both suffering and work for peace in Isreal-Palestine leads to questions of witness and solidarity, and a prayer that justice might take root. Read more →
Repent. It means “to move beyond the mind you have.” It doesn’t mean “do good and avoid evil.” It is about seeing things differently. Read more →
Small inner and outer turnings lead to real change. This is what Lent is about: letting love reorient our lives. Who do you love? Read more →
The practice of fasting is an invitation to be more fully present to others—to build meaningful, authentic relationships with those around us. Read more →
Bound together by a commitment to "a faith that does justice," may we seek to promote justice in a way that creates space at the table for everyone. Read more →
We begin this Lenten season in our now normalized cycle of suffering. During such turbulent times, how can we persevere in our work for justice while also remembering the power of Christ on the cross? Read more →
Steadfast: A Call to Love Sponsors:
Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J.
Marcia Chatelain, Ph.D.
Cecilia González-Andrieu, Ph.D.
Loyola Marymount University
Danielle Harrison, M.A., J.D.
Slavery, History, Memory, and Reconciliation Project
Fr. James Martin, S.J.
Fr. Bryan Massingale
Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews
Faith in Action
Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy
Catholic Mobilizing Network
Sr. Norma Pimentel, M.J.
Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Ph.D.
University of San Francisco