Fratelli Tutti 76: Turning To The Injured Man

76. Let us turn at last to the injured man. There are times when we feel like him, badly hurt and left on side of the road. We can also feel helpless because our institutions are neglected and lack resources, or simply serve the interests of a few, without and within.

I think we can tap our feelings, but this stance is worth caution. The believer does not look primarily within. A Christian minister today was cited in the news about increased Christian persecution under a Biden administration. That white man would do better to consult with his Black sisters and brothers and learn about persecution of Christians in the US. We shift our focus from others to ourselves and our often petty disputes.

Indeed, “globalized society often has an elegant way of shifting its gaze. Under the guise of being politically correct or ideologically fashionable, we look at those who suffer without touching them. We televise live pictures of them, even speaking about them with euphemisms and with apparent tolerance”.[Message to the Meeting of Popular Movements, Modesto, California, United States of America(10 February 2017): AAS 109 (2017), 291]

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