May 2020


This monthly series is aimed at helping you become more informed, conscientious, and involved in the November elections.

Conscience, Candidates, Discipleship in Voting
Read San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy's talk in Feb. that focused on voting as a moral act.  Click here  to read. 
Ways to Get More Involved
Besides voting in November, there are many ways you can and should be a more active participant in the electoral process. Here as some suggestions:
  • Volunteer in the campaign of a candidate you support
  • Contribute financially to your candidate
  • Talk to your family, friends, and co-workers about the election
  • Write a letter to the editor
  • Post something on Facebook or other social media
  • Get involved with a group active in the electoral process like League of Women Voters, NETWORK...
  • Put a campaign sign in your yard
  • Attend a political rally (hopefully we will be able to have rallies safely prior to the election)

As we hunker down in our homes, many of us are wondering how best to respond to this enforced isolation and social distancing. How can we use our time most productively?  The MSJC Steering Committee has joined many other national Catholic religious groups and organizations calling on Congress for a just and environmentally sustainable response to the coronavirus pandemic. You can read that letter here.
Here  are three other actions to consider: 
1. Participate in a Marianist Digital Retreat for a Pandemic
An all-new online retreat has been created for the entire Marianist Family! This retreat can be completed on your own and at your own pace, but we encourage small groups to make the retreat together by gathering virtually to share in discussion, reflection, and prayer. 
The retreat is split into four modules, each of which takes about 20 minutes. To get the most out of the retreat, you might want to break up the different sections of each module to reflect on throughout the day. You could experience one module per day or take a few days for each module. To a ccess the retreat click here.  Feel free to share this with others! 
2. Help to Insure We Have Fair Elections Despite the Pandemic
We are only a few months away from the 2020 election, yet, due to COVID-19, we are incredibly unprepared to ensure a safe, accessible, and secure 2020 election. The Senate is back in session now and they are working on a fourth comprehensive, emergency COVID-19 funding package. Now is the time to urge your Senators to fund election security and protect our democracy in the 2020 election.
The Faithful Democracy Coalition created a list of funding priorities for Congress, including $4 billion for the Election Assistance Commission to make available:
  • No-excuse absentee voting with prepaid postage
  • Extended voter registration period with 15 days of early voting
  • Same-day voter registration and online voter registration
  • Election contingency plans to protect the health and safety of all poll workers and voters who cannot vote absentee
Call your Senators today at 1-888-738-3058. Urge them to support $4 billion for comprehensive election security funding in the next COVID-19 emergency package.

3. Support Those Most at Risk of COVID-19 
Sign this letter  from NETWORK  urging Congress to release vulnerable inmates and detainees. Call  on Congressional leaders to reduce the number of people who are incarcerated or detained and at risk of COVID-19 and to provide them with access to economic and social supports during this pandemic. Remember that immigrant detainees have not committed any crime. Please add your name to this letter.


Laudato Si Week - Get Involved 
Pope Francis invites all of us to join in Laudato Si Week  : May 16 - 24th as the global Catholic community celebrates the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis' landmark encyclical through education, prayer and online activities. 
This nine-day celebration, with the theme "Everything is Connected," is sponsored by the Vatican's Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and led by a cohort of Catholic partners. Catholic Climate Covenant has created a Laudato Si Week 2020 webpage  with many resources and events. 

  • We will connect for an hour of prayer & reflection to build a more just and sustainable future together, featuring our land-based ministries (Marianist retreat centers, MEEC, Mission of Mary Farm)
  • You are invited to send your images of living integral ecology.

For more information, 

on how to register, share images,  and to receive the zoom link for the event, click here .   


Mutual Aid and Restorative Justice 
Mutual Aid & Restorative Justice is a new group that works with survivors of violence, trauma, crime, and with currently and formerly incarcerated people. It was established to help build community during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond and provides online check-in circles for the formerly incarcerated. 

Invite to the GLO Group
Lay Marianists April Risteff and Jenni Porter invite LGBTQ+ Catholics, their families, friends and allies, to the initial online gathering of the GLO Group on Saturday, May 23 at 6:30 pm (Pacific Time). The focus will be on Fr. James Martin's book, Building a Bridge. Click here to see the flyer and how to get the link to the gathering.
Trans in the Eyes of God - Watch for It
We will be starting a special three-part series next week focusing on transgender persons and their spiritual journey. Watch for the first installment in your inbox.
BrenĂ© Brown

We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.      
Brené Brown

Questions, comments, or feedback for 
Justice Jottings can be sent to  Jim Vogt