Why is this happening? Who gains from this situation? Who loses out? Why does this situation continue?
Human beings are not creatures who live independently of other members of the human community and the natural world. We need to understand the role we play in the structures which order human society, the links between our lives and the lives of the poor with whom we wish to be in solidarity. Thorough analysis needs to form the basis of our work, so that we will be able to identify instances where we may be participating in the oppression unconsciously facing marginalized peoples and the ways in which we can most effectively challenge that oppression.
Theological (Faith) Reflection:
What particular insight/view does our faith, church teaching, scriptures etc give us on this issue?
This is a very grand title for trying to discern what our faith has to say about the realities we face. Our work is concerned with putting faith into action, in participating in building God’s Kingdom. We need to listen to the word of God, reflect on scripture, particularly through the eyes of the poor and marginalized. It is wise to remember that God’s place is in everything we are trying to achieve and not just in a particular place on the agenda.
What needs to be done to resolve this situation? What can I/we/my parish do? How will your action change those involved? How can you tell if it is successful?
I hope this helps but most important of all is to remember that prayer and reflection happen in the strangest of places and sometimes don’t happen at all, and that’s ok, but if you feel completely lost in the labyrinth than come and find someone at church and talk it through – do not struggle on alone – we are called to bear things together.