Fratelli Tutti – On the Fraternity and Social Friendship

Fratelli tutti is the third encyclical of Pope Francis.  Inspired by the life and example of St Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis indicates that fraternity and social friendship are the ways to build a better, more just, peaceful and joyful world; to look at it in a different way – with new eyes, calling on the contribution of all peoples and institutions.

 

 

Fr. Domenico, Parish Priest of St. Columba’s Culloden has identified 6 Key Quotations from the New Encyclical Letter, Fratelli Tutti

“In his simple and direct way, St. Francis expressed the essence of a fraternal openness that allows us to
acknowledge, appreciate and love each person, regardless of physical proximity, regardless of where he or she was born or lives.” (1)

“A decline in the birthrate, which leads to the aging of the population, together with the relegation of the elderly to a sad and lonely existence, is a subtle way of stating that it is all about us, that our individual concerns are the only thing that matters.” (19)

“Even in Catholic media, limits can be overstepped, defamation and slander can become commonplace, and all ethical standards and respect for the good name of others can be abandoned. How can this contribute to the fraternity that our common Father asks of us?” (46)

“The recent pandemic enabled us to recognize and appreciate once more all those around us who, in the midst of fear, responded by putting their lives on the line. We began to realize that our lives are interwoven with and sustained by ordinary people valiantly shaping the decisive events of our shared history .. They understood that no one is saved alone.” (54)

“Let us seek out others and embrace the world as it is, without fear of pain or a sense of inadequacy, because
there we will discover all the goodness that God has planted in human hearts.” (78) “Families are the first place where the values of love and fraternity, togetherness and sharing, concern and care for others are lived out and handed on.” (114).