In an article that originally appeared on the website Justice Matters Ireland, Sr. Claire Sweeney, DC, writes:...
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Do we understand “Body of Christ”? If we do would it challenge our way of thinking and the systems we live with?
Frederic Ozanam’s practical theology foreshadowed seismic shifts in Catholic social theory 100 years into the future.
Les Miserables strikes a chord in Vincentians when they hear… To love another person is to see the face of God. Victor Hugo admired Vincent de Paul. He based the character of the Bishop on Vincent de Paul.
Frederic called upon young people to do whatever was in their power in order to alleviate social needs and to try to do good to some people.
What is progress for Frederic? To build a better world for all, with effort and sacrifice. It is not a great program for a politician, but it is the only possible program for a Christian.
Ozanam says, This [social] order rests on two virtues, justice and charity, Love and charity: are they the same? How do we try to promote justice?
If we had to summarize our mission and our priorities as followers of Vincent, Louise, Frederic, etc … in a few items, what would these be?
Are you a Christian “from time to time” (maybe only at the Church, your group, community), or do you live your faith in all fields of your life?
On September 24th, the Feast of Our Lady of Ransom, the local phase (where a local diocese directs the process) of the inquiry on the alleged miracle ascribed to Bl. Antoine-Frédéric Ozanam was concluded after conducting a thorough 11-month investigation.
What holds me back from doing what I can? Do I pray that we live this heritage today?
It has been written of Frederic Ozanam: “While innovators wore themselves out with theories for changing the world, these young men set about climbing up to the floors where the misery of the poor hid.”