“Solidarity is more than just a … feeling,” offers Sister Ruth Borate, IHM, at the start of Solidarity, the sixth installment of CST 101, a series of videos from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services. “Solidarity is a commitment to the welfare of the other one.”
“Solidarity means that I am always in relationship,” adds Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, “not only with myself, but with God, and with everyone that God loves — especially the poor.”
Sister Ruth and Cardinal Tagle are joined by CRS President and CEO Sean Callahan in teaching us how fundamental to our being and to our faith solidarity is, how if one part of the Body of Christ suffers, we all suffer, and if one part rejoices, we all rejoice, and so we are called to recognize the sacred and intrinsic interconnectedness of all of God’s family.
CST 101 is a collaborative 7-part video series presented by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services on Catholic social teaching.
“If we could have greater solidarity throughout the world, I think that would be the peaceful place. That would be the place that, frankly, the Lord has wanted us to come to create that greater Kingdom on Earth.” — CRS President Sean Callahan
The videos bring the themes of Catholic social teaching (the Church’s collective wisdom and teaching on the values and Christian vision of a just society) to life and inspire us to put our faith into action.
Some suggested uses include adult faith formation, incorporating into high school theology classes, sharing with parents of religious education students, integrating into lay ministry formation and using them to prepare groups for service trips. Or simply for our own reflection, to better understand how we and our families exist in society along with our fellow creatures among God’s creation, living and moving and bearing God’s word.
We also invite you to use the following resources in your faith communities in conjunction with the video to help bring the fundamental Catholic principle of Solidarity alive in your faith family and beyond.
A discussion guide to help a small group learn about and reflect on the Catholic social teaching principle Solidarity. This guide was developed in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) as a part of the CST 101 series.
Lesson plans for grades 1-8 about the Catholic social teaching principle of Solidarity. The lesson plans help explain the principle through the story about banana farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo who helped each other save their crops.
Featured in the series of videos is the wonderful artwork of Bro. Mickey O’Neill McGrath, OSFS, along with contributions from some of the most respected figures in contemporary Catholic thought:
As with Solidarity, each video is accompanied by a discussion guide, to be found at the CST 101 site. We hope you enjoy, share, and discuss this installment, along with the whole series, and hope that it will deepen your faith and that of your community.
Other installments in the CST 101 series include
- Life and Dignity of the Human Person;
- Call to Family, Community, and Participation;
- Care for God’s Creation;
- Option for the Poor and Vulnerable,
- Rights and Responsibilities; and
- The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
Please share with your communities, and watch this space for each installment to follow.
Copyright 2017 Edward Hoyt for Catholic Relief Services
Edward O’N. Hoyt is a web producer for Catholic Relief Services, based out of Baltimore, MD. He works with them on resource development and Church engagement.