I urge you to work together in promoting a true, worldwide ethical mobilization which, beyond all differences of religious or political convictions, will spread and put into practice a shared ideal of fraternity and solidarity, especially with regard to the poorest and those most excluded.
Mystics have been fundamental to the church. A religion without mystics is a philosophy.
We all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace.
Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.
If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good.
The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to Heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers.
This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the good.
God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us…Our species will end but the light of God will not end and at that point it will invade all souls and it will all be in everyone.
Whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule.
If we approach nature and the environment without this openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs.
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