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Day 21: "Pope for the Day" series on the "Gospel of Joy." Make the world safer for...a fuller life.

Day 21: "Pope for the Day" series on the "Gospel of Joy." Make the world safer for...a fuller life.

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  • 1. Pope Francis: No to the inequality which spawns violence From The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii gaudium) nn. 59-60 by Pope Francis
  • 2. 59. Today in many places we hear a call for greater security. But until exclusion and inequality in society and between peoples are reversed, it will be impossible to eliminate violence. The poor and the poorer peoples are accused of violence, yet without equal opportunities the differ- ent forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and eventually explode.
  • 3. When a society – whether local, national or global – is willing to leave a part of itself on the fringes, no political programmes or resources spent on law enforcement or surveillance systems can indefinitely guarantee tranquility. This is not the case simply because inequality provokes a violent reaction from those excluded from the system, but because the socioeconomic system is unjust at its root. Just as goodness tends to spread, the toleration of evil, which is injustice, tends to expand its baneful influence and quietly to undermine any political and social system, no matter how solid it may appear. SuzanneKn at en.wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons
  • 4. If every action has its consequences, an evil embedded in the structures of a society has a constant potential for disintegration and death. It is evil crystallized in unjust social structures, which cannot be the basis of hope for a better future. We are far from the so-called “end of history”, since the conditions for a sustainable and peaceful development have not yet been adequately articulated and realized. Wikimedia Commons
  • 5. 60. Today’s economic mechanisms promote inordinate consumption, yet it is evident that unbridled consumerism combined with inequality proves doubly damaging to the social fabric. Jonathan McIntosh/Wikimedia
  • 6. Inequality eventually engenders a violence which recourse to arms cannot and never will be able to resolve. It serves only to offer false hopes to those clamouring for heightened security, even though nowadays we know that weapons and violence, rather than providing solutions, create new and more serious conflicts. SSG Kevin L. Moses, Sr. USA/Wikimedia Commons
  • 7. Some simply content themselves with blaming the poor and the poorer countries themselves for their troubles; indulging in unwarranted generalizations, they claim that the solution is an “education” that would tranquilize them, making them tame and harmless. Pamrob3/Wikimedia Commons
  • 8. All this becomes even more exasperating for the marginalized in the light of the widespread and deeply rooted corruption found in many countries – in their governments, businesses and institutions – whatever the political ideology of their leaders. http://bit.ly/18B5RDK Nizardp/Wikimedia Commons
  • 9. For reflection & prayer I walk into my workplace, room, or home and look around. If a burglar were to break in and steal everything, what would I miss the least? Maybe it’s time to either give it away or sell it and give the proceeds to charity. Jesus, you were rich and became poor, to make us rich precisely through your poverty. Even when there’s no logical reason for me to hang onto stuff, I do anyway. I’m attached to it, as if my very life depended on it. Give me ten minutes, plus the desire and discipline, to get rid of something out of gratitude and love—all for the good of someone else.
  • 10. For reflection & prayer I walk into my workplace, room, or home and look around. If a burglar were to break in and steal everything, what would I miss the least? Maybe it’s time to either give it away or sell it and give the proceeds to charity. Jesus, you were rich and became poor, to make us rich precisely through your poverty. Even when there’s no logical reason for me to hang onto stuff, I do anyway. I’m attached to it, as if my very life depended on it. Give me ten minutes, plus the desire and discipline, to get rid of something out of gratitude and love—all for the good of someone else.