Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me." He replied to him, "Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?" Then he said to the crowd, "Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions." Then he told them a parable. "There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, 'What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?' And he said, 'This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.
There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, "Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!" But God said to him, 'You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?' Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God."
Sustainability (as safeguarding the ecological, social, and economic stability of human environments) cannot simply mean ever faster speeds and more and more goods. Then the rich would only be living even more shamelessly at the expense of those who cannot keep up in the race. Prosperity that uses resources sparingly and thoughtfully —in other words, that does not keep gobbling up the earth’s finite resources— is the only sort of prosperity that offers as many people as possible a chance to share in it. This is the only kind of prosperity that Christians can advocate, because it is just. This perspective lends new meaning to “doing without”: do without things that you are taking away from others forever!
It may be that much - perhaps everything - is taken from us. Paradoxically, it is precisely in this that our salvation consists. The Church does not need much to be a Church, but only the altar that is Christ's, around which the faithful gather to praise God; the place where, through word and sacrament, they are built up into the body of Christ; where they receive doctrine, share life, are reconciled with God and are united. The rest can be delegated from sacristies, club houses, educational houses and offices, where such things belong: the houses of the people. This was the case in the early church.
Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, "There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, 'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.' For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, 'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.'" The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
Every day we see all sorts of violence: genocide, war and exile, hunger and exploitation. Children are recruited as soldiers and forced to kill. New forms of slavery have developed. Human trafficking, prostitution, and drugs have become an illegal billion-dollar business in which political forces and even governments are also involved. Christians must not insist on human rights only when it is a question of protecting their own; they must realize that they also have the task of defending and strengthening the fundamental rights of all people. This is why the Church has made it her duty in all places and on every occasion to see to it that human rights are universally accepted and upheld and, above all, to respect them within the Church herself.
Today, address the causes of a violation of human rights in your daily life that your society simply ignores. Think about how you can send a signal that you are not indifferent.
I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. For the holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.
An authority acts legitimately when it works for the sake of the common good and applies just methods of attaining the goals thereof. (1903–1904, 1921)
The people in a State must be able to rely on the fact that they live under a “government of laws”, which has rules that are binding for all. No one is obliged to obey laws that are arbitrary and unjust or that contradict the natural moral order. In that case there is a right, or in some circumstances even the duty, to resist.
You must stand up. If you believe in God, then you must take action against this demon, against this epitome of evil, against Hitler!
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