Fratelli Tutti 193: Fruitfulness Over Results

“Show me the money!” Or some variation on that insistence. When I see the Holy Father’s theme, “Fruitfulness over Results,” I think about how a results-based approach can quickly get impersonal, and work against the very intention of liberating a person for their own pilgrimage through life. Do politicians see this? Or are they indulged in the forest, no matter what their particular ideology may be?

193. Apart from their tireless activity, politicians are also men and women. They are called to practice love in their daily interpersonal relationships. As persons, they need to consider that “the modern world, with its technical advances, tends increasingly to functionalize the satisfaction of human desires, now classified and subdivided among different services. Less and less will people be called by name, less and less will this unique being be treated as a person with his or her own feelings, sufferings, problems, joys and family. Their illnesses will be known only in order to cure them, their financial needs only to provide for them, their lack of a home only to give them lodging, their desires for recreation and entertainment only to satisfy them”. Yet it must never be forgotten that “loving the most insignificant of human beings as a (sister or) brother, as if there were no one else in the world but (her or) him, cannot be considered a waste of time”. [RENÉ VOILLAUME, Frères de tous, ed. Cerf, Paris, 1968, 12-13]

And yet how often do we treat that interruption as a rabbit hole rather than an opportunity?

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