Fratelli Tutti 150: We Need Others

Pope Francis suggests that inter-reliance is an opportunity for joy. Not every person feels that. Many believe in self-sustenance. Others find help and the offer of help to be insulting. Sometimes help is offered at an unhelpful time or in an unhelpful way.

150. To see things in this way brings the joyful realization that no one people, culture or individual can achieve everything on its own: to attain fulfilment in life we need others. An awareness of our own limitations and incompleteness, far from being a threat, becomes the key to envisaging and pursuing a common project. For “man is a limited being who is himself limitless”. [Georg Simmel, Brücke und Tür. Essays des Philosophen zur Geschichte, Religion, Kunst und Gesellschaft, ed. Michael Landmann, Köhler-Verlag, Stuttgart, 1957, 6]

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