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Frederic Ozanam:Social Justice Vision+ Personal Action
Social Justice VisionFrederic Ozanam’s life was a dramatic fusion of intellectual achievement
Social Justice VisionPersonal Actionand direct, personal action
Social Justice VisionPersonal Actionto alleviate the poverty of the least amongst us.
Ozanam was an earnestadvocate of Catholicdemocracy. He viewedthat the Church shouldadapt itself to thechanged politicalcon...
The prevalent notion wasthat the Catholic Churchhad done far more toenslave than to elevatethe human mind.Social Justice V...
In his years as a studentat the University of Parisat the Sorbonne,professors were usingtheir academic positionsas a platf...
Confronted by thatsituation, Frederic wasimpelled to a battle forthe truth. His faithdemanded a militantattitude. He knew ...
First, in his writings hedwelt upon importantcontributions of historicalChristianity, and theCatholic Church from thetime ...
Second, a grand masterof speech, Fredericeloquently presented theCatholic Church as aparadigm for therestoration of societ...
He fearlessly championedworkers’ rights,including the right to joinlabor unions.Social Justice Vision
While a law professor atLyon, Ozanam developedhis central thesis of the“salaire naturel”— thenatural wage, a conceptthat b...
The working man, hebelieved, was by natureentitled, at a minimum, toa wage sufficient toprovide for thenecessities of life, ...
Ozanam’s writing laid thegroundwork for Catholicsocial-justice teaching,helping set the stage forthe great encyclicals ont...
His aim was to be amissionary of the faith inthe world of science; hisdream was to bring aboutthe renewal of societyunder ...
Ozanam said:“We have two lives:one to look for the Truthand defend it, and theother to practice it.”Social Justice Vision
He well merits beingproclaimed today (in thisYear of Faith) “the patronof all apologists.” Thecombination of hisintellectu...
What comments wouldyou make on Ozanam’ssocial justice vision? Haveyou changed any ideasyou used to have onthese subjects? ...
Ozanam was thatrarest of intellectuals:one who served—directly, personally,throughout his entireadult life—theimmediate ne...
He did not defersocial action untilafter he wasprofessionallyestablished...Intellectual Achievement Personal Action
Intellectual AchievementRather, he saw thecold misery of thepoor in Paris as atwenty-year-oldstudent, and hecarried wood a...
As a twenty-year-oldlaw student, in 1833,he founded the St.Vincent de PaulSociety; it soonbecame the largestCatholic chari...
He founded it not bydrafting sophisticatedcorporate chartersand negotiatingfavorable taxarrangements but,rather, by direct...
Committed to domore than talk aboutfaith, Frederic and hissmall group metweekly to contributeto a secret collectionand the...
They developed theirmethod of serviceunder the guidance ofSister (now Blessed)Rosalie Rendu, D.C.,who was prominentin her ...
The poor were not anabstraction; theywere, and are, hisbrothers in Christ.Intellectual Achievement Personal Action
Unlike many liberalFrench Catholics (tosay nothing ofconservativeroyalists), he did notfear and loathe thepoor; he literal...
He wrote: "Thebeloved daughter ofthe faith is charity,and without it faithhas no reason toexist."Intellectual Achievement ...
“Do we remain inertin the middle of aworld that suffers andmoans?”Intellectual Achievement Personal Action
Which of my beliefsdo I live out well, andwhich not so well?Reflect
Ozanam was always an activist in his soul. Whenhe was just 18, in January 1831, he wrote:I will be delighted if some frien...
At a time when the CatholicChurch was on the defensive andunder assault, especially inFrance, Ozanam was unfailinglyoptimi...
Perhaps there was considerable utopianismand naiveté in much of Ozanam’s worldview,in believing that private charity could...
Sources:1. Verheyde, Christian (2013-04-02). 15 Days of Prayerwith Blessed Frédéric Ozanam. New City Press.2. Antoine Fred...
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Frederic Ozanam: Social Justice Vision + Personal Action

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Frederic Ozanam defends the Truth and assists the poor in post-Revolutionary France, setting the stage for the Catholic Social Thought of today.

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Frederic Ozanam: Social Justice Vision + Personal Action

  1. 1. Frederic Ozanam:Social Justice Vision+ Personal Action
  2. 2. Social Justice VisionFrederic Ozanam’s life was a dramatic fusion of intellectual achievement
  3. 3. Social Justice VisionPersonal Actionand direct, personal action
  4. 4. Social Justice VisionPersonal Actionto alleviate the poverty of the least amongst us.
  5. 5. Ozanam was an earnestadvocate of Catholicdemocracy. He viewedthat the Church shouldadapt itself to thechanged politicalconditions resulting fromthe French Revolution.Social Justice Vision
  6. 6. The prevalent notion wasthat the Catholic Churchhad done far more toenslave than to elevatethe human mind.Social Justice Vision
  7. 7. In his years as a studentat the University of Parisat the Sorbonne,professors were usingtheir academic positionsas a platform for theirrationalist ideas againstthe Church.Social Justice Vision
  8. 8. Confronted by thatsituation, Frederic wasimpelled to a battle forthe truth. His faithdemanded a militantattitude. He knew how tovaliantly defend thefundamental Truths ofthe Faith.Social Justice Vision
  9. 9. First, in his writings hedwelt upon importantcontributions of historicalChristianity, and theCatholic Church from thetime of Christ throughthe Middle Ages.Social Justice Vision
  10. 10. Second, a grand masterof speech, Fredericeloquently presented theCatholic Church as aparadigm for therestoration of society inhis time.Social Justice Vision
  11. 11. He fearlessly championedworkers’ rights,including the right to joinlabor unions.Social Justice Vision
  12. 12. While a law professor atLyon, Ozanam developedhis central thesis of the“salaire naturel”— thenatural wage, a conceptthat became theprecursor to the livingwage movement.Social Justice Vision
  13. 13. The working man, hebelieved, was by natureentitled, at a minimum, toa wage sufficient toprovide for thenecessities of life, theeducation of his children,and for the support of hisold age.Social Justice Vision
  14. 14. Ozanam’s writing laid thegroundwork for Catholicsocial-justice teaching,helping set the stage forthe great encyclicals onthe rights of workers,starting with Pope LeoXIII’s Rerum Novarum (OnLabor) in 1891.Social Justice Vision
  15. 15. His aim was to be amissionary of the faith inthe world of science; hisdream was to bring aboutthe renewal of societyunder the guidance ofthe Catholic Church.Social Justice Vision
  16. 16. Ozanam said:“We have two lives:one to look for the Truthand defend it, and theother to practice it.”Social Justice Vision
  17. 17. He well merits beingproclaimed today (in thisYear of Faith) “the patronof all apologists.” Thecombination of hisintellectual clarity and histestimony to charitymake him an axis for thenew evangelization.Social Justice Vision
  18. 18. What comments wouldyou make on Ozanam’ssocial justice vision? Haveyou changed any ideasyou used to have onthese subjects? Whatexamples would youshow others to help themunderstand the issues?Reflect
  19. 19. Ozanam was thatrarest of intellectuals:one who served—directly, personally,throughout his entireadult life—theimmediate needs ofthe poor.Intellectual Achievement Personal Action
  20. 20. He did not defersocial action untilafter he wasprofessionallyestablished...Intellectual Achievement Personal Action
  21. 21. Intellectual AchievementRather, he saw thecold misery of thepoor in Paris as atwenty-year-oldstudent, and hecarried wood and coalto them in theirtenement slums.Personal Action
  22. 22. As a twenty-year-oldlaw student, in 1833,he founded the St.Vincent de PaulSociety; it soonbecame the largestCatholic charity in theworld.Intellectual Achievement Personal Action
  23. 23. He founded it not bydrafting sophisticatedcorporate chartersand negotiatingfavorable taxarrangements but,rather, by directpersonal witness.Intellectual Achievement Personal Action
  24. 24. Committed to domore than talk aboutfaith, Frederic and hissmall group metweekly to contributeto a secret collectionand then visit thepoor in their homes.Intellectual Achievement Personal Action
  25. 25. They developed theirmethod of serviceunder the guidance ofSister (now Blessed)Rosalie Rendu, D.C.,who was prominentin her service in theslums of Paris.Intellectual Achievement Personal Action
  26. 26. The poor were not anabstraction; theywere, and are, hisbrothers in Christ.Intellectual Achievement Personal Action
  27. 27. Unlike many liberalFrench Catholics (tosay nothing ofconservativeroyalists), he did notfear and loathe thepoor; he literallyembraced them.Intellectual Achievement Personal Action
  28. 28. He wrote: "Thebeloved daughter ofthe faith is charity,and without it faithhas no reason toexist."Intellectual Achievement Personal Action
  29. 29. “Do we remain inertin the middle of aworld that suffers andmoans?”Intellectual Achievement Personal Action
  30. 30. Which of my beliefsdo I live out well, andwhich not so well?Reflect
  31. 31. Ozanam was always an activist in his soul. Whenhe was just 18, in January 1831, he wrote:I will be delighted if some friends gather aroundme! Then, if we join our efforts, we could createsomething together, and others would join us,and perhaps one day all society will join under thisprotective shade: Catholicism, full of youth andstrength, will rise up suddenly upon the world.
  32. 32. At a time when the CatholicChurch was on the defensive andunder assault, especially inFrance, Ozanam was unfailinglyoptimistic, affirmative, andprogressive.
  33. 33. Perhaps there was considerable utopianismand naiveté in much of Ozanam’s worldview,in believing that private charity couldsignificantly ameliorate deeply embeddedstructural poverty. Nevertheless, he firmlybelieved that the widespread practice ofdirect, personal, individual charity toindividual poor was the best hope foravoiding social disaster.
  34. 34. Sources:1. Verheyde, Christian (2013-04-02). 15 Days of Prayerwith Blessed Frédéric Ozanam. New City Press.2. Antoine Frederic Ozanam: Building the Good Society byDavid L. Gregory3. Wikipedia: Frederic Ozanam4. Frederic Ozanam, Grand Apologist of the Faith in the19th Century by Father Teodoro Barquín, C.M.

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