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Putting the World in Order
Transcript of Putting the World in Order
What does it mean to be human?
Simple enough, right?
All of man's body points outward toward others
Putting the World in Order
Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching
Made for Communion
What is love...?
Human work proceeds directly from persons created in the image of God and called to prolong the work of creation by subduing the earth, both with and for one another.210 Hence work is a duty: "If any one will not work, let him not eat."211 Work honors the Creator's gifts and the talents received from him. It can also be redemptive. By enduring the hardship of work212 in union with Jesus, the carpenter of Nazareth and the one crucified on Calvary, man collaborates in a certain fashion with the Son of God in his redemptive work. He shows himself to be a disciple of Christ by carrying the cross, daily, in the work he is called to accomplish.213 Work can be a means of sanctification and a way of animating earthly realities with the Spirit of Christ.
What is human work?
Pope John Paul II - Relational (Free Will & Love)
"No man is an island..." (Thomas Merton)
Then God said: Let
make human beings in
likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth.
God created mankind in his image
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that crawl on the earth.
The "I" of man has conversations within himself
We come from intimate relationship and family
Language only makes sense in light of others
Love, the most powerful force and act of man, can only exist in relationship
Aristotle said that man is a "social animal"
Humans are social beings; however, we were made for more than just using others socially or mere surface-level acquaintances. We most image God who is love when we engage in
relationships with perfect love.
To love another person is to see the face of God...
"To love is to will the good of the other."
- St. Thomas Aquinas
Can you love someone you don't know?
...to promote someone's well being
Foundation to the Foundation:
What does it mean to be a human person?
Body AND Soul
Why is it important that we are body and soul?
Body - Material and earthly; we exist and relate in and through our bodies.
Bodily needs: food, clothing, shelter
Soul - Immaterial & spiritual; we can relate to God -
Our lives are more than survival but have depth and meaning.
Spiritual needs: prayer, worship, freedom, morality, culture, friendship, education, & love.
Prayer, laws, charitable donations, becoming a good person, etc.
"What I do, I do not understand. For I do not do what I want, but I do what I hate... So, then, I discover the principle that when I want to do right, evil is at hand." (Romans 7)
Why aren't our relationships perfect?
Disordered desires and inclinations
1 John 2:16 - "For all that is in the world, the
lust of the flesh
lust of the eyes
pride of life
, is not of the Father but is of the world."
On this page
I write my last confession
Read it well when I,
at last, am sleeping
It's the story
Of one who turned from hating
A man who only learned to love
When you were in his keeping.
Come with me
Where chains will never bind you
All your grief at last, at last behind you
Lord in heaven,
look down on him in mercy!
Forgive me all my trespasses
And take me to your glory
Eponine & Fantine:
Take my hand, and lead me to salvation
Take my love, for love is everlasting
And remember the truth that once was spoken
To love another person is to see the face of God!
Les Miserables Epilogue Lyrics
Where does it come from?
Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was
good for food
, and that it was a
delight to the eyes
, and that the tree was
to be desired to make one wise
, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons.
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of thee in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent beguiled me, and I ate.”
1 John 2
Lust of the Flesh
Lust of the Eyes
Pride of Life
Good for food
Delight to the eyes
Desired to make one wise
We humans are unable, as a whole and by ourselves, to become the master of our desires and passions. We become turned in on ourselves and unable to truly love others.
Incurvatus In Se
...Turned/curved inward on oneself
For St. Augustine, sin turns us in on ourselves and prohibits us from loving others.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Man's first sin
397 Man, tempted by the devil, let his trust in his Creator die in his heart and, abusing his freedom, disobeyed God's command. This is what man's first sin consisted of.
All subsequent sin would be disobedience toward God and lack of trust in his goodness
398 In that sin man preferred himself to God and by that very act scorned him. He chose himself over and against God, against the requirements of his creaturely status and therefore against his own good.
Constituted in a state of holiness, man was destined to be fully "divinized" by God in glory
. Seduced by the devil, he wanted to "be like God", but "without God, before God, and not in accordance with God".
The harmony in which they had found themselves, thanks to original justice, is now destroyed: the control of the soul's spiritual faculties over the body is shattered; the union of man and woman becomes subject to tensions, their relations henceforth marked by lust and domination. Harmony with creation is broken: visible creation has become alien and hostile to man
Because of man, creation is now subject "to its bondage to decay". Finally, the consequence explicitly foretold for this disobedience will come true: man will "return to the ground", for out of it he was taken. Death makes its entrance into human history.
What Revelation makes known to us is confirmed by our own experience. For when man looks into his own heart he finds that he is drawn towards what is wrong and sunk in many evils which cannot come from his good creator
So where are we going with this?
teaches and reminds us how to
So, we're social beings destined to love... what else?
Is the World Connected?
What's the importance of the Incarnation?
Jesus and his church
can only be understood in relation to his
"constellation," i.e., his network of relationships.
Christ, through his incarnation, inserted himself into the
"earthly constellation" of human families, friendships, and
rivalries. Christ, through his Church, continues to walk our streets and heal our wounds.
This is the "Neutron Star" for the lay vocation
Lumen Gentium #31
But the laity, by their very vocation, seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and
by ordering them according to the plan of God
. They live in the world, that is, in each and in all of the secular professions and occupations. They live in the ordinary circumstances of family and social life, from which the very web of their existence is woven.
They are called there by God that by exercising their proper function and led by the spirit of the Gospel they may work for the sanctification of the world from within as a leaven
. In this way they may make Christ known to others, especially by the testimony of a life resplendent in faith, hope and charity. Therefore, since they are tightly bound up in all types of temporal affairs it is their special task to order and to throw light upon these affairs in such a way that they may come into being and then continually increase according to Christ to the praise of the Creator and the Redeemer.
Is the "secular" bad?
Putting the World in Order
To truly "love your neighbor", you must both love the person before you and work to order-aright and consecrate the world to God through transforming the secular.
This includes the job you have, the family you raise, and the community and nation within which you live.
Two Feet of Love
Lumen Gentium #30-31 & 33-34
What are the laity, by there very vocation, called to do?
Are all called to sanctity?
In what way do the laity share in Christ's priesthood?
List those things that, if carried out in the Spirit, become spiritual sacrifices. What are they offered with in the celebration of the Eucharist?
Charity & Justice
Once upon a time there was a small village on the edge of a river. The people there were good and life in the village was good. One day a villager noticed a baby floating down the river. The villager quickly swam out to save the baby from drowning. The next day this same villager noticed two babies in the river. He called for help, and both babies were rescued from the swift waters. And the following day four babies were seen caught in the turbulent current. And then eight, then more, and still more!
The villagers organized themselves quickly, setting up watchtowers and training teams of swimmers who could resist the swift waters and rescue babies. Rescue squads were soon working 24 hours a day. And each day the number of helpless babies floating down the river increased. The villagers organized themselves efficiently. The rescue squads were now snatching many children each day. While not all the babies, now very numerous, could be saved, the villagers felt they were doing well to save as many as they could each day. Indeed, the village priest blessed them in their good work. And life in the village continued on that basis.
One day, however, someone raised the question, "But where are all these babies coming from? Let’s organize a team to head upstream to find out who’s throwing all of these babies into the river in the first place!“
1. How is caring for the babies and going upstream different?
2. Are both tasks needed? Why or why not?
Recognizing the need before you and making a concrete and immediate difference for the better
Focused on the symptoms
Often "have's" sharing with "have not's"
Requires no change in social structure
Recognizing a structure of sin or corruption and seeking to make a long-term difference
Concerned with underlying causes of a problem
Indirect influence aimed at permanent change
Requires a reform in social structure and culture
Catholic Social Teaching... Finally
The Situation of the World...If the World Were a Village of 100
8 Latin Americans
1 from the South Pacific
22 Other non-Christian religions
Of the 33 Christians:
Standard of Living?
80 of the 100 villagers would have sub-standard living conditions
Standard of Living continued...
33 of the 100 do not have access to safe drinking water
39 of the 100 do not have access to adequate sanitation
Standards of Living continued..
24 of 100 don't have ANY electricity
Of the 76 that do have electricity, most use it only at night for light
Standards of Living...
67 of the 100 cannot read
How many of us have internet?
7 own an automobile
Standard of Living...
50 of 100 are malnourished
1 of 100 is currently dying from malnutrition
The most extreme form of poverty
854 million people across the world go without proper access to food
Everyday almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related issues
.... 1 child every 4 seconds
Show me the
If the world were a village of 100, 5 people would control 32% percent of the wealth... all of the US citizens...
33 of the 100 are attempting to live on 3% of the entire income of the village
So what do we make of this?
Catholic Social Teaching - The body of doctrine (teachings) that the Church has developed with the Holy Spirit’s guidance about how the Gospel of Christ is applied to our lives together as members of one human family.
The main questions: "What is the human person and how can society best protect and promote his dignity?"
Catholic Social Teaching... Finally
4 Types of Justice:
Commutative - Justice of exchange between citizens
Distributive - Justice of the government to the common good
Legal - Justice of the people to the government
Social (Contributive) - Justice of the people to the common good
Catholic Social Teaching... Finally
CST gives us:
+ Principles for reflection
+ To provide criteria for judgment
+ And guidelines for action
Catholic Social Teaching... Finally
9 Principles of Catholic Social Teaching:
A principle is a
a system of belief.
the Human Person
Foundational principle that expresses the equality of rights and respect due to all people
Respect for Life
Every stage of human life -- from womb to tomb -- is precious and worthy of respect and protection.
Call to Family, Community & Participation
Human persons are not only sacred but social.
Because of this, the family is the central social institution that must be supported and
strengthened, not undermined. Also,
people have a right to participate in
society to seek the common good
Rights & Responsibilities
All persons have essential and fundamental rights such as the right to life, faith, family, food, shelter, culture, education, a job, and basic healthcare. With each right we have a responsibility to promote the rights of others or else our rights are empty.
The sum total of social conditions that allow for the flourishing of both individuals and groups. This includes respect for the person, social well-being and development of the group, and peace and security.
Preferential Option for the Poor
Ultimately all goods belong to God and we are merely his stewards. The powerless and poor must be protected or society will fragment and all will suffer. Equal dignity of all extends to the homeless and jobless. Jesus has a special love for the poor and even identifies himself with them in Matthew 25.
Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
The economy must serve the people, not the other way around. The dignity of work is safeguarded when workers' rights are respected. These rights include productive work, decent and fair wages, union participation, private property, and economic initiative.
We are members of the same human family. It involves us committing ourselves to the good of each and every person and standing by their side -- literally and figuratively. It means to work for peace and justice.
We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God's creation. In being good stewards we are being just and loving to the future generations.