Seeking Justice

A Reflection by Joe Paprocki, D Min

I recall that, not more than two years into his papacy, Pope Francis proclaimed a Year of Mercy, reminding us that love “can never be just an abstraction” (Misericordiae Vultus) and that God’s mercy is manifested in his actions towards us. Likewise, in his Letter, St. James reminds us that faith without works is dead.

As children of God, made in God’s image, we are called to make God’s mercy tangible for others. One of the ways we do this is by working for justice—working to remove obstacles and structures that stand in the way of people living in right relationship with one another. During this Lenten season, may we commit ourselves to making God’s love and mercy concrete and tangible by striving for justice in our homes, communities, nation, and world. May the love that flows from God into our hearts never be an abstraction.

 Joe Paprocki, D Min

Joe Paprocki, D Min

Joseph Paprocki, D.Min., is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

Joe Paprocki, D.Min., es el Consultor Nacional para la Formación de la Fe en la empresa Loyola Press. Además de sus responsabilidades de viajar y dar talleres, trabaja en el equipo de desarrollo para los recursos curriculares de formación de la fe incluyendo Encontrando a Dios: Nuestra respuesta a los dones de Dios y Don de Dios: Reconciliación y Eucaristía. Joe tiene más de 35 años de experiencia en ministerio y ha ofrecido talleres y presentaciones en más de 100 diócesis en Norte América. Joe es presentador frecuente en varias conferencias nacionales incluyendo el Congreso de Educación Religiosa de Los Ángeles, el Congreso del Atlántico Medio, y la Conferencia Nacional para el Liderazgo Catequético. Es autor de numerosos libros, incluyendo el libro de superventas La caja de herramientas del catequista, La experiencia transformadora de encontrarse con Cristo, y Llamados a ser católicos—un programa complementario, bilingüe, y fundacional que ayuda a los jóvenes a conocer su fe y desarrollar su relación con Dios. Joe escribe acerca de sus experiencias en la formación de fe en su blog

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