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November 5, 2020

Catholic Social Teaching: Songs for Reflection and Action


Catholic Social Teaching
 

The Catholic Church has a rich tradition of social justice teaching, developed over time from sacred Scripture, papal enyclicals, and the documents of councils and episcopal conferences. This treasure of wisdom calls the People of God to build a just society in the midst of the challenges of our modern world.

The United States Catholic Bishops (USCCB) highlighted seven key themes that lie at the heart of Catholic social justice teaching. OCP is proud to share the many songs from our composers who were inspired by these themes.

How to use this page:

Please feel free to browse this page however you like. If you’d like some guidance on how to dive deeper to meditate and reflect on each of the seven themes below, you may find this process helpful:

  1. Read the USCCB’s quote.
  2. Listen to the theme's playlist (English, Spanish, or both).
  3. Click the theme's “learn more” link for a detailed account of related Scripture and tradition references, as well as other official Church documents.
  4. Listen again to the theme's playlist and reflect upon how you can apply the theme to your personal and spiritual life. Some guiding questions might include: How have I embodied the teachings of this theme in my life over the past month? What is one thing I can do today to exemplify the teachings of this theme, right now? How will I implement the teachings of this theme in my life going forward, and how often will I consciously check in to keep myself accountable?
  5. When you’re ready, scroll down and click on the next theme.
 

From the USCCB: “The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.”

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God Has Chosen Me Bernadette Farrell

God of the Hungry Scott Soper

Hold On to Love Jesse Manibusan

Jesus Christ, Homeless One Carey Landry and Carol Jean Kinghorn-Landry

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Envíame a Mí Jon Carlo

Cristo Te Necesita Cesáreo Gabaráin

El Pueblo Canta: ¡Aleluya! Rodolfo López, Estela García-López, Jaime Cortez

El Reino de la Vida Cristóbal Fones, SJ

 

Scripture references: Genesis 1:26-31, Deuteronomy 10:17-19, Psalms 139:13-16, Proverbs 22:2, Luke 10:25-37, John 4:1-42, Romans 12: 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Galatians 3:27-28, James 2:1-8, 1 John 3: 1-2, 1 John 4:7-12

Tradition references and further reading from the USCCB: Click here

From the USCCB: “The person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society -- in economics and politics, in law and policy -- directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community.”

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All Are Welcome (All Belong) Jesse Manibusan, Jennah Manibusan

Companions on the Journey Carey Landry and Carol Jean Kinghorn-Landry

Prayer of St. Francis Christopher Willcock, SJ

Love Never Fails Ken Canedo, Jesse Manibusan

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Amor de Dios Bob Hurd, Pia Moriarty

Sal y Luz Santiago Fernández

La Gente Camina Luis Alfredo Díaz Britos

Felices Santiago Fernández

 

Scripture references: Genesis 2:18, Genesis 4:8-15, Leviticus 25:23-43, Jeremiah 7:5-7, Micah 6:6-8, John 15:12-17, Acts 2:43-47, Romans 12:4-8, Hebrews 10:24-25, James 2:14-17, 1 Peter 4:8-11, 1 John 3:16-18, 1 John 4:19-21

Tradition references and further reading from the USCCB: Click here

From the USCCB: “The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met.”

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Go into the World Tom Booth

With One Voice Ricky Manalo, CSP

Christ, Be Our Light Bernadette Farrell

Act Justly Bernadette Farrell

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Somos el Cuerpo de Cristo Jaime Cortez

Danos un Corazón Juan A. Espinosa

Cristo No Tiene Pies en el Mundo Rodolfo López, Estela García-López

De la Justicia Brota la Paz Juan J. Sosa

 

Scripture references: Leviticus 25:35, Ruth 2:2-23, Tobit 4:5-11, Proverbs 31:8-9, Isaiah 1:16-17, Jeremiah 22:13-16, Jeremiah 29:4-7, Matthew 25: 31-46, Luke 16:19-31, Acts 4:32-35, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, James 2:14-18

Tradition references and further reading from the USCCB: Click here

From the USCCB: “A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.”

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A Place at Your Table Ben Walther

The Cry of the Poor John Foley, SJ

Whatsoever You Do Willard Jabush

You Gather in the Outcast Scot Crandal, Genevieve Glen, OSB

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La Respuesta Jon Carlo

¿Le Conocéis? Miguel Manzano, José A. Olivar

Dolorosa Juan A. Espinosa, Rafael de Andrés

Un Pueblo Camina/The People Walk Juan A. Espinosa

 

Scripture references: Exodus 22:20-26, Leviticus 19:9-10, Job 34:20-28, Proverbs 31:8-9, Sirach 4:1-10, Isaiah 25:4-5, Isaiah 58:5-7, Matthew 25:34-40, Luke 4:16-21, Luke 6:20-23, 1 John 3:17-18

Tradition references and further reading from the USCCB: Click here

From the USCCB: “The economy must serve people and not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in Gods creation.”

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As Christ Is for Us Janèt Sullivan Whitaker

Walk Together Children ValLimar Jansen, Frank Jansen

Tend the Ground Curtis Stephan

By Our Love Tom Kendzia

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Con Amor Jovial Jaime Cortez

Desterrados Juan A. Espinosa

No Se Puede Sepultar la Luz Juan A. Espinosa

Envía Tu Espíritu Bob Hurd

 

Scripture references: Genesis 2:1-3, Genesis 2:15, Deuteronomy 5:13-15, Deuteronomy 14:28-29, Deuteronomy 24:14-15, Sirach 34:26-27, Isaiah 58:3-7, Jeremiah 22:13, Matthew 20:1-16, Mark 2:27, Luke 3:10-14, Luke 12:13-21, James 5:1-6

Tradition references and further reading from the USCCB: Click here

From the USCCB: “We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers and sisters keepers, wherever they may be.”

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Somos El Cuerpo de Cristo/We Are the Body of Christ Jaime Cortez

You Welcomed Me Tom Booth

The Road of Mercy Maureen Briare

Alleluia! Raise the Gospel Bernadette Farrell, Owen Alstott

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Oración de San Francisco Sebastian Temple

Cristo Libertador Carmelo Erdozáin

Vienen con Alegría Cesáreo Gabaráin

Nueva Creación Cesáreo Gabaráin

 

Scripture references: Genesis 12:1-3, Psalms 72, Psalms 122, Zechariah 8:16, Matthew 5:9, Matthew 5:21-24, Romans 13:8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-26, Colossians 3:9-17, 1 John 3:16-18

Tradition references and further reading from the USCCB: Click here

From the USCCB: “We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith.”

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Éste Es el Día Carlos Rosas

Sacred Creation/Creación Sagrada Rufino Zaragoza, OFM

El Espíritu de Dios Juan A. Espinosa, José A. Olivar

Maravilloso Eres Tú Damaris Thillet

 

Scripture references: Genesis 1:1-31, Genesis 2:15, Leviticus 25:1-7, Deuteronomy 10:14, Psalm 24:1-2, Daniel 3:56-82, Matthew 6:25-34, Romans 1:20, 1 Corinthians 10:26

Tradition references and further reading from the USCCB: Click here

 

Full English Playlist:
Catholic Social Teaching

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Full Spanish Playlist:
Enseñanza Social Católica

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Learn more about the 7 themes of Catholic social teaching