Fratelli Tutti 26: Disunity

That notion of a world war already with us gets explored further. 

26. This should not be surprising, if we realize that we no longer have common horizons that unite us; indeed, the first victim of every war is “the human family’s innate vocation to fraternity”. As a result, “every threatening situation breeds mistrust and leads people to withdraw into their own safety zone”.[Message for the 2020 World Day of Peace(8 December 2019), 1: L’Osservatore Romano, 13 December 2019, p. 8]

No question that mistrust has sunk much of humankind’s recent instinct to unite. Withdrawing from collaboration happens on international levels (such as Brexit) and even to families torn apart by serious strife such as abuse, addiction, politics, and other indulgences. These are not modern things, but perhaps it is telling that we live in a time of exposing such behaviors.

Our world is trapped in a strange contradiction: we believe that we can “ensure stability and peace through a false sense of security sustained by a mentality of fear and mistrust”.[Address on Nuclear Weapons, Nagasaki, Japan (24 November 2019): L’Osservatore Romano, 25-26 November 2019, p. 6]

Peace through strength: indeed.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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