Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute for the Week of 16 April 2018
by Paulina French “Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.” Anthony J. D’Angelo
The culture of relativism is the same disorder which drives one person to take advantage of another, to treat others as mere objects, imposing forced labour on them or enslaving them to pay their debts. The same kind of thinking leads to the sexual exploitation of children and abandonment of the elderly who no longer serve our interests. It is also the mindset of those who say: Let us allow the invisible forces of the market to regulate the economy, and consider their impact on society and nature as collateral damage. In the absence of objective truths or sound principles other than the satisfaction of our own desires and immediate needs, what limits can be placed on human trafficking, organized crime, the drug trade, commerce in blood diamonds and the fur of endangered species? Is it not the same relativistic logic which justifies buying the organs of the poor for resale or use in experimentation, or eliminating children because they are not what their parents wanted? (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, n.123)
I ask for the grace to never take advantage of others.
Particularly those who are most vulnerable in our society.
Help me to help those who can never repay me for my kindness.