St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish,15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California - St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California 91436
From the Desk of Father Mac
TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
On Monday we celebrate Labor Day. For us Christians, Labor Day is an opportunity for us to reflect on the value and dignity of human labor as part of God’s divine plan.
In response to the growing disparity of wealth in the world, Pope Leo XIII promulgated his encyclical Rerum Novarum (“Of the New Things”) in 1891, addressing the rights and duties of those with capital who employed laborers and the rights and duties of laborers toward those with greater wealth who employed them. Pope Leo XIII believed that human society could only be saved and healed by a Christian life and Christian institutions, because they are ordered to the true end and true good of humanity.
Rerum Novarum articulates seven principles that are the foundation of modern Catholic social teaching:
The dignity of the human person is the principle that asserts the fundamental dignity and sanctity of every human life as created in the image and likeness of God.
The common good: Rightly understood, the "common good" does not mean what is most materially good for the most number of people. Rather it means the good that is shared by all, which they hold in common.
Subsidiarity is the principle that governments should not intervene in matters that can be taken care of or resolved by families or communities. Government should only intervene when a family or community is unable or unwilling to fulfill their rights and duties in regard to its members.
Participation is the principle that every person in a society should participate in building up society, while keeping in mind God's plan for the human person individually and communally.
Solidarity is the principle that all members of society have a responsibility to help the other members of their family, community or country with the needs and problems that they cannot remedy themselves.
The right of private property: Pope Leo XIII states that private property represents the wages that one has rightfully earned, and that one needs private property to provide for the needs of one's family.
Universal destination of goods is the principle that God made the goods of the earth for the use of all men so that all would be fed, clothed and sheltered.
These social doctrines are as applicable today as they were 127 years ago and they remind us that Christian social doctrine and Christian morality are the best answers to the problems of human society facing the human family today.
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