07-15-2018 The Common Good

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
July 15, 2018 - FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
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Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
"It is imperative that no one...indulge in a merely individualistic morality. The best way to fulfill one's obligations of justice and love is to contribute to the common good according to one's means and the needs of others, and also to promote and help public and private organizations devoted to bettering the conditions of life.”

Gaudium et Spes ("The Church in the Modern World"), Vatican II, 1965 , no. 30
THE COMMON GOOD
How do you foster the “common good” in your family?

Another foundational principle of CTS is that society must seek to provide for the “common good.” In a society that stresses individualism or groupthink, “what’s in it for us,” striving for the “common good” is too easily forgotten or ignored.

As individuals or groups we may believe and act as if we are the center and the world revolves around us, rather than being centered on God and striving to do God’s will for the common good of society and its people. We can discern God’s will through creation, rational thought and reflection, revelation, Tradition, and the Spirit speaking in, with, and through our hearts.

The “common good” comprises “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and easily.” CCC, no. 1924. To pursue the common good is to work towards the greatest good for all persons, and not just the greatest good for the majority or a specific group of persons.

For example, imagine a sports team where the greatest good is for the team to thrive and win pursuant to the rules and while maintaining the integrity of the game. Imagine what happens to the team if the emphasis is solely on one’s individual performance or monetary gain to the exclusion of the other members of the team. Such a team will not thrive nor be successful.

It is the role of every society to defend and promote the common good of the society and its citizens. The “common good” consists of three essential elements: (1) the society must protect and respect the fundamental and inalienable rights of the human person; (2) it seeks the social well-being and development of the society itself and makes accessible what is needed for its people to thrive such as food, clothing, shelter, education, work, healthcare, suitable information, the right to establish a family, to practice one’s faith, and so on; and (3) it promotes and sustains peace by providing for the stability and security of a just order, and by ensuring use of a morally accessible means to provide that security and the legitimate defense of the society and its people (CCC, nos. 1907-09).

However, we are also part of a larger community—one human family on earth in communion with all creation. We must also seek the “universal common good” whereby we strive to fulfill Jesus’ teachings of love and the “Golden Rule” to “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you” (Mt 7:12). It is for this reason that we assist refugees and migrants who are dis-placed from their home, assist those living in poverty in other nations, and care for our common planet.
Reflect on Your Experience
How do you and your group discern whether your desires and actions are centered on God and striving to do God’s will for the “common good” of all people?
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  

Compendium on the Social Doctrine of the Church    Compendio de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia

Videos
"The Common Good"

"The Common Good"

"Key Principles of Catholic Social Teaching"
Music
"Christ is Enough"

"Come Holy Spirit"

"Blessed Be Your Name"

Other Resources

"What is the Common Good"

"The Common Good"

"Catholic Social Thought and the Common Good"

"The Principle of the Common Good"

"Catechism Commentary: The Common Good"

Social Services and Other Charitable Resources

Other Resources on Catholic Social Teaching
Reflection
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