Becoming a Part of a Whole

Saturday, March 26, 2016 (Holy Saturday)

Haiti is seared with sadness. The poor are stuck in the long, lonely, dark Saturday between the cross and the resurrection, enduring the immensity of waiting for something to change. In Haiti, the wealth of a few is built upon the poverty of many. The same is true in America. Wall Street gamed and inflated the housing bubble, stealing billions in the process while leaving millions of households in ruin, as countless Americans lost pay, jobs, homes, and savings. We need to return to the principle of the common good. We can’t create a good society on a foundation of maximizing the profits of industry and business and maximizing the choices for consumers, especially when both profit and choice depend upon risky and unsustainable levels of corporate and personal debt. Allowing the common good to take primacy in our lives will help us to live well together, and will help us create social conditions which will allow everyone to more easily reach their full human potential.

We urgently need to move beyond our individual and nationalistic egos and see ourselves and our countries as part of a whole, each of us living gratefully and contributing to the entire human family, sharing and caring for each out of love.

None of us is entitled to anything. Yet God gives us everything. As angels of compassion we need to commit ourselves to nonviolence and to growing in awareness of the needs of others as we increase our sensitivity to new and better possibilities of serving each other.


1 Response to “Becoming a Part of a Whole”

  1. 1 krebsjoan March 26, 2016 at 7:36 am

    In December’s Natl Geo Magazine toward the end of the article “Haiti On Its Own Terms” an activist states: “We cannot keep giving ourselves away.” Empowerment – one of the services of SCCC – is one key toward the fulfillment of your manifesto: “We urgently need to move beyond our individual and nationalistic egos….” Note the “we” in both quotes: solidarity; service of the vulnerable is the way to go.

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