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Catholic Social Teaching Retreat in Memphis!
I’m presenting five talks: The Kerygma, The Dignity of the Human Person, the Common Good, Subsidiarity, and Solidarity.
The heart of this retreat, and really the heart of Catholic Social Teaching, rests on who God created us to be and how He wants us to bring about His Kingdom on earth.
Human beings are made in the image and likeness of God. Therefore we have infinite dignity (Dignity of the Human Person); are made in the image and likeness of a Triune Community of Love (Common Good); have been given freedom (Subsidiarity); and because God is our Father and Creator we are all brothers and sisters (Solidarity).
Original sin causes us to be tempted to use other people as means to an end (Dignity of the Human Person), to turn in on ourselves in an individualistic way (Common Good), and to possess and control others (Subsidiarity). Further, the first sin, and all sin, are not just personal faults. Because we are all interconnected and interdependent on each other, sin begets more sin, it pollutes the human family, and creates structures of sin. God empowers His people and tasks us with undoing the structures of sin and building structures of justice (Solidarity).
These teachings are all connected and challenge every ideology and political party. These truths, as Pope Francis says, call us to an “alternative way of thinking” (Fratelli Tutti 127).
I have three goals for this retreat. First, to help you trust in God’s goodness and love for you personally. Second, to propose and explain the Church’s social teaching. And finally, to invite you into vulnerable prayer with God where you are open to him moving your heart and convicting your conscience.
If you’re in the Memphis area, email Berta Gonzales at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. The retreat is free, but donations are accepted and appreciated. Please bring a dish to share for lunch.
If you want this retreat for your own parish, campus, or young adult group, please email: email@example.com