Fratelli Tutti 145: Balance

145. There can be a false openness to the universal, born of the shallowness of those lacking insight into the genius of their native land or harboring unresolved resentment towards their own people.

In any serious situation, discernment and perspective are needed. We need to be rooted, yet open. Is it a balancing act? Pope Francis’ geometry is raised:

Whatever the case, “we constantly have to broaden our horizons and see the greater good which will benefit us all. But this has to be done without evasion or uprooting. We need to sink our roots deeper into the fertile soil and history of our native place, which is a gift of God. We can work on a small scale, in our own neighborhood, but with a larger perspective… The global need not stifle, nor the particular prove barren”;[Evangelii Gaudium 235] our model must be that of a polyhedron, in which the value of each individual is respected, where “the whole is greater than the part, but it is also greater than the sum of its parts”.[Ibid.]

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