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Informed Participation in Promoting the Common Good

by Christine Dragonette on July 14, 2014

The Catechism of the Catholic Church informs us that “It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person. . . . As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life.”

We can see from this statement that we are not only encouraged, but obligated to contribute to the public good in some way, according to our talents and interests. Although this contribution looks different for each person, our community participation must be guided by informed opinions about public policies that affect issues of justice. It can be difficult to keep up with legislation and current events, whether because of busyness at work or school, family life, or any number of competing priorities. Beyond that, policies change and new issues emerge so quickly, making it even more overwhelming to keep up on a regular basis.

Fortunately, here are some easy to use resources that are helpful for keeping up-to-date on issues of justice:

  • St. Louis Public Radio Missouri Legislative Tracker: http://mobilltracker.org/#categories. Really easy to use tool to track Missouri legislation by topic area. The site also includes links to current event articles within each area.
  • Missouri Association for Social Welfare: masw.org. Use the tabs on the left to learn more about current or pending legislation within a certain topic. MASW also holds forums and other events.

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