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Abstract of my book "culture of benevolence"
In relation to society there can be some structures identified as hierarchic – democratic – humanitarian. But we have to go further than that. All these structures – according to the Anima Magna culture – need to be filled with benevolence for all and magnanimous thinking for all:
"I want to live and I want, that you live. We all care that we all exist well".
Matthew’s Gospel gathers together three invitations from Jesus that we his followers need to listen to attentively, since they can transform the climate of discouragement, weariness, boredom that often pervades some parts of our communities.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.” This is the first invitation. It’s directed toward all those who live their religion as a heavy burden. Not a few Christians live beaten down by their conscience. They aren’t great sinners. They simply have been taught to always have their sin before them and they don’t know the joy of God’s continuous forgiveness. If they meet Jesus, they will find themselves relieved.
Here is ome experiences of the way our communities are living as professionals ( intellectual) in different milieux and through the Revision of Life Method, the challenge of being Prophets on the borders.
1.Why to talk about experiences of community?
- We want to talk about communities because it is the way we understand our faith or our search of living the faith in Jesus Christ. We understand faith as a gift from God however the most effective way to keep on the way and grow in faith is, for us, a double personal and communitarian permanent process.
I found myself thinking of borders as more of “frameworks” rather than “walls”. As has been often said this weekend, we need some kinds of borders.... for identity, making our space... my space... your space.... helping to define things... But the purpose for borders, and often their expansion at the expense of others could also be out of fear, or greed, or arrogance.... it could be territorial, cultural, economic or on any level of life’s relationships. Borders as frameworks create order and space... Borders as walls create conflict. And the sad thing is that conflicts make money.
Often referred to as the church's “best kept secret,” the Catholic social tradition offers instructive principles to engage the world through the lens of faith. An adequate understanding of the tradition and contemporary ethical debates is particularly important for those in ministerial and educational positions.