Monthly Archives: June 2021

Populorum Progressio 33: Programs and Planning

33. Individual initiative alone and the interplay of competition will not ensure satisfactory development. No, it won’t. We cannot proceed to increase the wealth and power of the rich while we entrench the needy in their poverty and add to … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 197: Questions For Better Politics

Chapter Five, A Better Kind Of Politics, wraps up here: 197. Viewed in this way, politics is something more noble than posturing, marketing and media spin. These sow nothing but division, conflict and a bleak cynicism incapable of mobilizing people … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 32: A Task for Everyone

Don’t think that Pope Paul VI was totally for peaceable movement, no matter how long it took. He does use strong adverbs in stating that correcting wrongs simply must occur: 32. We want to be clearly understood on this point: … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 196: Sowing Seeds

More looking at the long game, or preparing future generations for good things: 196. For this reason, it is truly noble to place our hope in the hidden power of the seeds of goodness we sow, and thus to initiate … Continue reading

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Imaginary Planet

I hesitate to list this under “astronomy.” Pictures of dirt, really, run through various tweaks and dropped into paint 3d. After a few dozen planets, I’m getting more the hang of this.

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Populorum Progressio 31: More On Reform

31. Everyone knows, however, that revolutionary uprisings—except where there is manifest, longstanding tyranny which would do great damage to fundamental personal rights and dangerous harm to the common good of the country—engender new injustices, introduce new inequities and bring new … Continue reading

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That Phone Number, Please?

Honestly, the lack of knowledge demonstrated by some Republicans these days (not to mention finesse) makes me wonder. Governor Noem from twitter: A little geography lesson, recalling that we often cite Columbus or Leif Eriksen as discoverers of “America,” despite … Continue reading

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Steps

Some weeks ago, my health insurance provider suggested I might like to save money on my parish’s twice-monthly premiums. So I signed on to the app that tracks my sleep. (Slightly creepy, and not really accurate–it doesn’t count naps. Plus, … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 195: Great Goals and Small Acts

Is it possible to temper high expectations? 195. All this can help us realize that what is important is not constantly achieving great results, since these are not always possible. Big results, well-publicized, get votes and possibly resources. The contrast … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 30: Reform, Not Revolution

30. The injustice of certain situations cries out for God’s attention. Lacking the bare necessities of life, whole nations are under the thumb of others; they cannot act on their own initiative; they cannot exercise personal responsibility; they cannot work … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Piranesi

Well, that was a fabulous read: Piranesi. One review cited the Stockholm Syndrome when discussing this book. I didn’t get that misreading of this novel. The reader joins a childlike first person narrator in a fantastical world that consists of … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 194: Tenderness

A redness in the skin, a sensitivity to touch, a bother, perhaps, to move or stretch: this is a biological assessment of tenderness. It seems that a tenderness in the heart is what Pope Francis has urged in other talks: … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 29: Balanced Progress Required

29. We must make haste. Too many people are suffering. While some make progress, others stand still or move backwards; and the gap between them is widening. However, the work must proceed in measured steps if the proper equilibrium is … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 28: Dangers And Ideals

28. Work, too, has a double edge. Since it promises money, pleasure and power, it stirs up selfishness in some and incites others to revolt. Generally, it would be people who have high expectations of that money, pleasure, and power. … Continue reading

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