Monthly Archives: May 2021

On My Bookshelf: The Overstory

I can’t remember who recommended this Richard Powers’ novel, but I’m glad for the opportunity to read it. Nine main characters are introduced in the first third of the book in brief biographies and a few family histories. Their connection … Continue reading

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Gathering Another Time

An e-mail dropped yesterday announcing GIA’s newest iteration of the Gather hymnal. My cursory glance found much the same, minus two disgraced composers. GIA’s acquisition of WLP will be something of a boon (eighty-plus items) for their stable of composers. … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 15: Personal Responsibility

There is a basic truth about how human beings were made. At birth we are incomplete, both in biological maturity and spiritual connection with God. God desires our completion–every human person, everyone he has made. 15. In God’s plan, every … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 178: Building For The Future

I think many corporations are criticized, and rightly so, for designing business with the eye to short-term gain. There is gain mostly for investors and for the brief rule of the upper class. Inflated salaries and golden parachutes have created … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 14: Authentic Development

14. The development We speak of here cannot be restricted to economic growth alone. To be authentic, it must be well rounded; it must foster the development of each (person) and of the whole (person). As an eminent specialist on … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 177: The Politics We Need

The politics we need 177. Here I would once more observe that “politics must not be subject to the economy, nor should the economy be subject to the dictates of an efficiency-driven paradigm of technocracy”. [Laudato Si’ 189] Politics, ideally, … Continue reading

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Pamplona Eve

It was five hundred years ago a cannonball knocked a rowdy soldier-of-fortune off his life’s course and into sainthood. Naturally, the Jesuit founder has a holy year of sorts starting on the 20th of this month. During this year themed … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 13: The Present Need

Pope Paul VI suggests that the impulse of the Church’s concern is divine friendship, the impulse handed to us from the Lord: to witness, to save, to serve. 13. In the present day, however, individual and group effort within these … Continue reading

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Mask Maturity

Apparently, our corporate masters’ spies thought I would be enchanted by facebook posts discussing masks. Pretty sure I annoyed a few people who were celebrating their freedom from facial coverings. My pastor mentioned he heard from a parishioner who was … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 176: Social and Political Charity

This paragraph and the nine that follow are gathered under the heading, “Social and Political Charity.” The three subtopics include “The politics we need” (177-179), “Political love” (180-182), and “Effective love” (183-185). Does that seem like a progression of sorts? … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 12: The Church And Development

12. True to the teaching and example of her divine Founder, who cited the preaching of the Gospel to the poor as a sign of His mission, (Cf. Luke 7:22) the Church has never failed to foster the human progress … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 175: Local Groups

Even lacking international cooperation, there is much that local communities can do to promote human rights: 175. Providentially, many groups and organizations within civil society help to compensate for the shortcomings of the international community, its lack of coordination in … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 11: Concomitant Dangers

Would anyone in the 60s have imagined the late 2010s in the US and our would-be savior leading us to greatness? 11. In such troubled times some people are strongly tempted by the alluring but deceitful promises of would-be saviors. … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 174: Courage And Generosity

What sort of virtues are needed to ensure that the rule of law can be effective and trustworthy among the nations and corporations, especially the powerful ones? The CSD has one statement: 174. Courage and generosity are needed in order … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 10: Cultural Conflicts

In 1967, Pope Paul discussed “Cultural Conflicts,” and he begins with a point we’ve seen Pope Francis make now and then, that elders possess wisdom that grounds subsequent generations. 10. Moreover, traditional culture comes into conflict with the advanced techniques … Continue reading

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