December 4, 2001
All Black Catholic Leaders and those
Father Jim Goode, OFM,
KWANZAA FOR LIFE
December 26, 2001 – January
Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD,
Dr. Beverly A. Carroll
KWANZAA FOR LIFE
As we gather together, for Kwanzaa 2001
us share our rich heritage
the many gifts of harvest.
us also remember during these days of Kwanzaa,
pray for the sacredness of life.
each value we celebrate during Kwanzaa bring us
to God and closer to each other.
his encyclical Evangelium Vitae -
The Gospel of Life,
John Paul II states with urgency:
need to bring the Gospel of life to the heart of every man
woman and make it penetrate every part of society”.
core of this Gospel, the Holy Father tells us, is
proclamation of a living God who is closer to us,
calls us to profound communion with himself
awakens in us the certain hope of eternal life.”
is the proclamation that Jesus has a unique relationship
every person, which enables us to see
every human face the face of Christ”.
so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.
Jesus Christ is our life:
Come, let us adore him, alleluia!
THE GIVER OF LIFE,
US TO RESPECT AND DEFEND THE SACREDNESS OF ALL HUMAN LIFE.
STRIVE FOR AND MAINTAIN UNITY IN THE FAMILY, COMMUNITY, NATION, AND RACE.
TO DEFINE OURSELVES, CREATE FOR OURSELVES, SPEAK FOR OURSELVES INSTEAD OF BEING DEFINED, NAMED, CREATED FOR, AND SPOKEN FOR BY OTHERS.
Ujima Collective Work and Responsibility
TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER AND TO MAKE OUR SISTERS’ AND BROTHERS’ PROBLEMS OUR PROBLEMS AND TO SOLVE THEM TOGETHER.
Ujamaa Cooperative Economics
TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN OUR OWN STORES, SHOPS, AND OTHER BUSINESSES AND TO PROFIT FROM THEM TOGETHER.
TO MAKE OUR COLLECTIVE VOCATION THE BUILDING AND DEVELOPING OF OUR COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO RESTORE OUR PEOPLE TO THEIR TRADITIONAL GREATNESS.
TO DO ALWAYS AS MUCH AS WE CAN, IN THE WAY WE CAN, IN ORDER TO LEAVE OUR COMMUNITY MORE BEAUTIFUL AND BENEFICIAL THAN WE INHERITED IT.
BELIEVE WITH ALL OUR HEARTS IN OUR PEOPLE, OUR PARENTS, OUR TEACHERS, OUR
LEADERS, AND THE RIGHTEOUSNESS AND VICTORY OF OUR STRUGGGLE.
Kwanzaa for Life
(December 26- January lst)
will also offer the following prayers:
of Life and Goodness, as we celebrate Kwanzaa and the fruits of our
American heritage, we give you thanks and praise for another day’s journey.
your divine mercy, grant us the grace to cherish the gift of Life.
your guidance may we uphold the dignity and respect for human life
the moment of conception to its natural end.
ask all these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer.
Marian Prayer: Hail Mary.