I don’t know if you ever have the same experience, but it seems over the last few months that I keep recognizing Catholic teaching everywhere – even in the most unexpected places and from people who aren’t even Catholic.
One of the biggest is the dignity of life. I was loosly watching Netflix’s documentary on Bill Gates while folding laundry and a phrase caught my ear that made me put down the towel I was folding and rewind it.
Bill Gates was discussing the massive projects that the Gates Foundation was tackling – namely eradicating Polio and stopping the hundreds of thousands of childhood deaths caused by diarrhea.
The billions of dollars they’ve spent on these projects? To that he says the outcomes totally worth it because there is nothing more precious than a human life.
When I was digging around looking to educate myself on Catholic Social Teachings, in every document I found, “Dignity of the Human Person” (or some iteration of that) was always first on the list.
If you’re curious about the list, here it is from the Minnesota Catholic Conference:
- Life and Dignity of the Human Person
- Call to Family, Community, and Participation
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
- Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
- Care for God’s Creatures.
I’ve never claimed to be the best chatichised Catholic on the planet, and as of 24 hours ago I didn’t even know that there were 7 themes of Catholic social teaching. But now my curiosity is piqued and and can’t wait to learn more, and hopefully challenge myself out of my comfort zone.
I hope you’ll join me 🙂
Love to all,