- We each chose a social issue to write about for our paper.

“However, if a soul’s will is not corrected, that soul is then confined by an end without end. What happens is that the devil, knowing that each person will be judged according to his conscience and intention, labors mightily at the end of life to distract the soul and turn it away from rectitude of intention, and God allows it to happen, since the soul refused to remain vigilant when it ought to have...” (The Revelations of St. Bridget of Sweden, Book 3, Chapter 19)

The Role of the Citizen If you are a citizen of the U.S.A.

Use book – “Soul of a Citizen” by Paul Loeb, please write a reflective paper.

Develops, expands, and/or supports the thesis statement

Christian Coalition president Roberta Combs got involved early on, cosponsoring the second gathering of what would be called Reuniting America, in December 2005. The other main cosponsor was MoveOn co-founder Joan Blades, who had worked as a mediator and was strongly drawn to the idea. The retreat drew together leaders from organizations representing 70 million Americans, including conservative groups like the American Legion, the Club for Growth, Americans for Tax Reform, and the Christian Coalition; liberal ones like the Sierra Club, MoveOn, Common Cause, the National Council of Churches, and the League of Woman Voters; and the massive seniors’ organization, the AARP. Roberta and Joan quickly hit it off and became friends.

Indent the first sentence of every paragraph


This chapter talks about how working through existing community institutions can help us further the causes we believe in. Think of a social problem or issue that interests you. It can be one that affects you or others within or outside your community. It can be a campus, city, state, or even national or global issue. What issue have you chosen, and why? What would you like to see happen with this issue? After you reflect on why you've chosen this issue, think of groups you could connect with or with whom you are already connected, that could help you achieve your goal. These could It could be groups of friends, your church/synagogue/mosque, your college classes, campus clubs, your dorm or local neighborhood. Why did you choose the specific groups you listed and how do you think they could help?


Then say at once what thou dost know in this.

Pope Innocent XI, #61, March 4, 1679: “He can sometimes be absolved, who remains in aproximate occasion of sinning, which he can and does not wish to omit,but rather directly and professedly seeks or enters into.” – Condemnedstatement by Pope Innocent XI.

Paul Loeb - Soul of a Citizen - Excerpts

How do you hope to balance work, family, and communityinvolvement after you graduate? Do you know any people who’ve managed to do justiceto all three? Is the example of former student activist Sonya Tinsley useful? What do you think of her statement that if she thinks her responsibilties to her mother or her daughter " are just obstacles or inconveniences getting in the way of my real work, then I’m probably missing the point.”

Being a citizen of the United States is a very special privilege.

Taking an issue that you have identified, what are someways you and your "village" could help people directly dealing with this issue help create social change? For instance, if you're concerned with batteredwomen, you might volunteer at a battered women's shelter and recruit others to do thesame, by speaking at your church or synagogue about domestic violence. At the same time,to get more services for battered women, you might ask your "village" to meetwith your state representatives and talk about the importance of getting more services forbattered women. That would help change the situation of many battered women, rather thanjust helping one at a time.

Find them out whose names are written here!


In a troubled time like ours, much can be learned by examining what’s wrong. Writer Susan Griffin describes a “resemblance in the look and feel of a field that has been polluted with chemical waste, a neighborhood devastated by poverty and injustice, a battlefield.” All are products of similar dehumanization, greed, and neglect—of an ethic of disconnection that makes people and places expendable. They echo Carol McNulty’s observation that it’s hard to find inner peace when people are starving, the air is polluted, the water is filthy, and companies make money from the suffering of children.

What less than dooms-day is the prince's doom?

The term "good men" in this play is ambiguous. Reverend John Hale was a good man in the sense of being the perfect and good citizen of Massachusetts in the 1600's. He was pious, adherent to the laws and beliefs, and a good Puritan Christian. John Proctor, on the contrary would not be considered the greatest citizen.