Fratelli Tutti 66: The Example

Did you know Pope Francis did a TED Talk? Neither did I. He suggests that being a “Samaritan” is not a loss of identity, but an affirmation of where we came from as well as a thumbs-up for the whole of humanity.

66. May we not sink to such depths! Let us look to the example of the Good Samaritan. Jesus’ parable summons us to rediscover our vocation as citizens of our respective nations and of the entire world, builders of a new social bond. This summons is ever new, yet it is grounded in a fundamental law of our being: we are called to direct society to the pursuit of the common good and, with this purpose in mind, to persevere in consolidating its political and social order, its fabric of relations, its human goals. By his actions, the Good Samaritan showed that “the existence of each and every individual is deeply tied to that of others: life is not simply time that passes; life is a time for interactions”.[Video Message to the TED Conference in Vancouver(26 April 2017):L’Osservatore Romano, 27 April 2017, p. 7]

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