In yesterday’s post we read of Pope Benedict XVI emphasizing the comparable importance of personal, social, and political virtues. The truly virtuous are focused on the well-being of others, not so much one’s own fast track into heaven.
506. The disciple and missionary of Christ active in the realms of politics and economics and in decision-making centers is exposed to the influence of a culture often dominated by materialism, selfish interests, and a conception of the human being contrary to the Christian vision. Hence, disciples must be firmly grounded in their following of the Lord, so as to have the strength necessary not to succumb to the wiles of materialism and selfishness, but to build a moral consensus within themselves on the fundamental values that make it possible to build a just society.
Disciples focusing on others: a far surer path to sainthood than following rules meant for the self. For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.