The world’s peoples are interdependent. That means we need each other if we are to live. We must work together if we are to go on living. And, when we share our lives with our sisters and brothers around the world, we will become the best we can be. Even though there are huge differences among us, we are still one family—the family of God.

Articles with Study Guides

 Article Study Guide Date
Glimpses of the Gospel K-5Dec 2010

One Lamp Lights AnotherK-5/6-12   Nov 2010

Burning WatersK-5/6-12 May 2010

Additional Activities
The Good Samaritans of Oaxaca
July/August 2009
Activities can be found here K-12
Book Suggestion:

Picture books or short chapter books for younger students

The Bus Ride that Changed History: Pamela Duncan Edwards

The Butterfly: Patricia Polacco

Chicken Sunday: Patricia Polacco

A Country Far Away: Nigel Gray

Fourteen Cows for America: Carmen Agra Deedy

Mirror: Jeannie Baker

The Peace Book: Todd Parr

Sadako: Eleanor Coerr (picture book; see chapter book below)

Sister Anne’s Hands: Marybeth Lorbiecki

Sit-In:How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down. By Andrea Davis Pinkney

The Story of Ruby Bridges: Robert Coles

Whoever You Are: Mem Fox

These books can be used by a variety of age groups:

DK/UNICEF books such as: A School Like Mine, A Life Like Mine, A Faith Like Mine

Chapter Books or picture books for older students:

If the World Were a Village: David J. Smith

Number the Stars: Lois Lowry

Pink and Say: Patricia Polacco

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes: Eleanor Coerr

Seed Folks: Paul Fleischman

This Child, Every Child, A Book about the World’s Children: David J. Smith

We March: Shane W. Evans

Supplemental Articles

Who is my Neighbor?
February 2010

Poetic text and photos show that all peoples need each other. K-12
Living What We've Learned 
December 2008 
A short article that succinctly sums up different principles of Catholic Social Teachings with clear examples. This also shows the connection between CST and how national polices can be formed for the common good, along with prayer!6-12
The Good Samaritans of Oaxaca
July/August 2009
For K-6, see Additional Activities for a story based on this article. The Center for Migrant Orientation opened in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2003, a result of a joint pastoral letter of Mexican and United States Bishops calling for compassion for migrants. Situations of migrant people vary, as does the assistance offered to them, but compassion and care is similar to the Samaritan and the innkeeper of Luke 10:25-37.7-12
Saint for Our Times
July/August 2011
This brief biography introduces Jesuit Father Alberto Hurtado of Chile, who was declared a saint in 2005. A lawyer, priest, educator, youth counselor, labor promoter, social activist, and writer, he is considered a role model of solidarity.5-12
Sept 2010
Father Thomas Burns' commitment to mission and social justice has led him down a harrowing path at times. When Peru was wracked by violence in the 1980's and 1990's, he survived threats to his safety and later post traumatic stress disorder. His passionate struggles for justice have resulted in great accomplishments. He continues to try "to create a world where people live together as one."7-12