In a recent article in the National Catholic Reporter, Michael Jordan Laskey calls for the development of a “theology of encounter.” Close to the hearts of every Vincentian, and especially to those of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Laskey reflects on the image of the Good Samaritan. But he asks us to go a step further: to systemic change.
True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” As we get to know those who have been beaten down, we are called to work to change the social, economic, and cultural systems that are oppressing them.
Laskey collaborated for many years with the Vincentians of the USA in projects of formation for young adults based on Catholic Social Teaching and the Vincentian charism. Read the whole article here and join the conversation.
In 1834 Frederic Ozanam wrote his famous passage about the Good Samaritan.
“Charity is the Samaritan who pours oil on the wounds of the traveler who has been attacked.
It is justice’s role to prevent the attack.” -Blessed Frederic Ozanam
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