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A Reflection on Five Quotes: Putting Caritas in Veritate in Action

Benedict XVI leaves us with a legacy of doctrinal, moral, and social concerns for our future. In in his social teachings, we see awareness of an urgent need to respond to the
troubling social, economic, religious, and political affairs of today.

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  • A Reflection on Five Quotes:Putting Caritas in Veritate in ActionThe Missionaries of the Sacred Heart  USA Province305 S. Lake Street, PO Box 270  Aurora, IL 60507 (630) 892-2371  info@misacor-usa.org
  • Benedict XVI leaves us with a legacy of doctrinal, moral, and socialconcerns for our future. In his social teachings we see awareness of anurgent need to respond to the troubling social, economic, religious, andpolitical affairs of today.
  • Good Stewardship - Quote #1:
  • “Human beings legitimately exercise aresponsible stewardshipover nature, in order to protect it, to enjoy itsfruits and to cultivate in new ways, with the assistance of advanced technologies, so that it can worthilyaccommodate and feed the world’s population.
  • …In this earth there isroom for everyone: herethe entire family mustfind the resources to livewith dignity, throughthe help of natureitself—God’s gift to hischildren—and throughhard work andcreativity.” (Caritas in Veritate, 5)
  • Take Action• Become a Better Steward• Take the St. Francis Pledge• Learn about how natural resource use impacts poverty
  • Universal Rights to Food and Water - Quote #2
  • “...The right to food, likethe right to water, hasan important placewithin the pursuit ofother rights, beginningwith the fundamentalright to life…
  • …It is thereforenecessary tocultivate a publicconscience thatconsiders food andaccess to water asuniversal rights of all Above: Construction of a water well inhuman beings, Cameroon made possible throughwithout distinction generous donations and the MSC Mission Office in Australia.or discrimination.” www.australia.mscmission.org/waterdevelopment (Caritas in Veritate, 27)
  • How can we helpcultivate this publicconscience?
  • One way is to start in our own lives, i.e. by using water more wisely and making our lifestyle a reflection of the fact that water is a resource to be shared with everyone.3 Ways to Use Water More Wisely
  • We can join Operation Rice Bowl, eating moresimply and donating the savings to those inneed.
  • We can even use our recreation to help donate rice through the World Food Programme (Freerice.com)
  • Poverty and Unemployment – Quote #3
  • “In many cases, povertyresults from a violation ofthe dignity of humanwork, either becausework opportunities arelimited (throughunemployment orunderemployment)…
  • … or because a low value is put on work and the rightsthat flow from it, especially the right to a just wageand to the personal security of the worker and his orher family. (Caritas in Veritate, 63)
  • How can we help respectthe dignity of humanwork?
  • We can make amicro loan online(such as at kiva.org)and help a person inanother part of theworld start or growtheir own business.
  • We can stand up against discrimination in the workplace. (See Prohibited Practices; Pregnancy Discrimination; Age Discrimination; Disability Discrimination)
  • We can support job-retraining programs so that workers whose jobs arenow less in demand due to changes in the market or technology can learn skills that will help them find another job.
  • We can find outwhether the rights ofworkers that produce the products we buy are respected, and avoid purchasing products that aremade in sweatshops or using child labor.
  • Dignity of the Poor – Quote #4
  • The poor are not to be considered a“burden,” but a resource,even from the purely economicpoint of view.(Caritas in Veritate, 35)
  • How do we think ofthe poor?
  • Do we think to ourselves that we “have to”donate a portion of our income to help thoseless fortunate? Or that programs to benefitthe poor are “a drain” on our economy?
  • Pope Benedict XVI challenges us to change ourthinking. Imagine what our society would look like ifwe truly respected the dignity and met the needs ofour most vulnerable brothers and sisters!
  • How much lesssickness and disease would there be if every family had access to adequate nutrition and safe drinking water?
  • What would oureconomy be like ifevery person hadaccess to aneducation and couldparticipate inmeaningful work?
  • While we may disagree with others as to the best way toovercome poverty,we will likely makebetter decisions if we start viewing the poor as a resource, not a burden.
  • Purchasing Decisions/Lifestyle – Quote #5:
  • It is good for people to realize thatpurchasing is always a moral—and not simply economic— act. Hence the consumer has a specific social responsibility. (Caritas in Veritate, 66)
  • Every purchase that we make supports a particularcompany (or series of companies). Do these companiesrespect the rights and dignity of their workers? Does theuse of the product or its production process harm theenvironment?
  • We can encourage more companiesto adopt better practices byrewarding the companies thatrespect their workers and theenvironment with our business.
  • How can we startpurchasing moreecologically friendlyand fairly tradeditems?
  • Start Small.Changing our spending habits takes time. Start byreplacing just one or two items on your list. Forinstance, switch to fairly traded coffee.
  • A Couple Resources:• www.crsfairtrade.org/ricebowl/• Ideas for Creating A More Human Food System• FishWatch.gov• FairTradeUSA
  • We hope you enjoyed this reflection onCaritas in Veritate.If you would like to learn more about CatholicSocial Teaching, please sign up for ourmonthly e-newsletter, JPIC Corner. www.misacor-usa.org/index.php/jpic-e-newsletterThe Missionaries of the Sacred Heart  USA Province305 S. Lake Street, PO Box 270  Aurora, IL 60507 (630) 892-2371  info@misacor-usa.org
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