December 10

Human Rights Day.

The advent season is a time of preparing.  In the Christian Tradition, we prepare for the coming of Emmanuel – “God with Us!”  It’s the coming of the Christ Child, but also the coming of the “already and not yet” reign of God’s justice on earth.

It is already and not fully yet… for God’s loving justice is not fully realized here on earth. 

Today, we are invited to reflect upon the reality of justice or the injustices facing our world. More than 70 years ago, the United Nations affirmed that Human Rights are Everyone's Rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These basic rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. These Rights protect us all. They are another example of what is already and not yet. These basic tenants of Human Rights are affirmed in the articles of the Declaration of Human Rights, but have not been fully realized by all our dear neighbors globally. 

As a CSJ community we envision a more just world for all. We embody justice for creation in all forms as expressed in our profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction. Our work and actions are guided by the community’s directional statements, Gospel Values, Catholic Social Teaching, and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). The CSJ community collaborates with the Federation’s CSJ U.N. NGO office to support collective work on ending poverty, promoting global gender equality, improving health and education, along with many of the other seventeen SDG’s.

Today, on International Human Rights Day, we reflect on the reality of justice in our world, but are also invited to take action in our own daily lives to uphold these basic human rights. By doing something practical to promote right relationships with one another and all of creation, we can help make sure human rights are respected around the world. 


Learn more about the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals or simply click on the goal below that sparks your interest. What would you like to learn more about? What can YOU do today to promote dignity, kindness, and right relationships with others

and all of creation?