MacIntyre’s work provides an opportunity for understanding professions, local communities, and even organizations as the locus of a distinct common good that is often obscured by the myopic focus on national politics.
What was it like to be Omar? Was he happy in his own way? Did life offer him pleasures with his pains, or did he wake every day hoping just to get through? To die? What had he suffered? What had he lost?
Suffering is an essential part of the totality of our vocations. That must be acknowledged if we are to make the most of the redemptive value of this suffering.
Sometimes we need a moral or spiritual slap, but not very often, and then only from someone of whose love for us we’re sure. Little in what the pope’s many “correctors” say indicates that they have reflected on this.
History — in all its complex, commensurate beauty and suffering — matters less and less, and our intellectual horizons narrow. The past becomes a void, a nothingness. We slowly regress to what St. Paul called “the times of ignorance” (Acts 17:30-31); ignorance in large part because people forget their origin.
For it belongeth to the master to speak and to teach; it becometh the disciple to be silent and to listen.”
A cheap hotel is transitive, shoddy, and alienating: impermanent, undervalued, and unfriendly. Despite providing the “comforts of home,” it could not be less homelike.
The Christian baker thinks it is wrong to take part of a homosexual wedding. This belief comes from his Christian faith. It is part of his Christian ethics. So, to decide whether he should have the right to abstain from a homosexual wedding is to pass judgement on Christian ethics.
“If through necessity or fear of a worse evil, the workman accepts harder conditions because an employer or contractor will give him no better, he is the victim of force and injustice. “
Beauty is a property of being; indeed it is being’s self-gift to other beings, the capacity of existent realities to give themselves in abundance to be known and loved as existing.