Sunday, 22 June 2014
Andrew Abela's subtitle for his book A Catechism for Business says it all: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching. Catholic social doctrine has grown into a vast field, and this book finds its way through those questions that arise naturally in the course of a working day. It taps directly into the wisdom of the Church's magisterium. Only just over 140 pages, it is practical to use. Though it does not interweave social and spiritual teaching, it will be tremendously helpful to businessmen and theologians.
Posted by Stratford Caldecott at 19:25
Friday, 13 June 2014
My new book is a summation of a lot of the work on social teaching I have done in the past ten years. The cover of the book, by Ducio, shows Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. The extract from Ch. 49 of Christ the Eternal Tao begins to explain the meaning of the image:
The Master of the universe,
Showing us how to walk the way of humility,
Took a towel
And, bending down below his disciples,
Washed their feet.
Learn not from an angel, He said,
Not from man, nor from a book,
But from me—
From my indwelling,
From my illumination and action within you
For I am meek and humble in heart
And in thought and in spirit,
And your souls shall find rest from conflicts
And relief from thoughts.
The Trinity reveals the pattern of the cosmos, of reality itself—from the stars to the dust we kick around our feet. The same Trinity that meets in a kiss between two people is the Trinity that governs the swirl of leaves in autumn when they fall from the trees. There is nothing beyond the Trinity, nothing beyond the particles that all things are made of, nothing beyond these pieces of stardust.
Not As the World Gives reaches from the Age of Money to the Age of the Machine. What emerges from this sequel to The Radiance of Being is not just a presentation of Catholic social doctrine, but a vision of integration and wholeness, of a society both divine and human, and of a humanism open to the absolute.
Posted by Stratford Caldecott at 21:05