The sharing of goods and the social function of private property – Vatican News

The sharing of goods and the social function of private property In his homily on Sunday, 11 April, Pope Francis commented on the custom of the early Christians of sharing everything. We take a look at developments of the social Magisterium of the past century, which harken back to the great Fathers of the Church. By Andrea Tornielli The Acts of the Apostles tells us that “no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.” This “is not communism; it is Christianity in its pure state.” With these words, Pope Francis, in the Mass celebrated on Divine Mercy Sunday, commented on the sharing of goods realized in the first Christian community. Often, and even very recently, the current Bishop of Rome has been criticized for questioning the untouchability of the right to private property, and his words have been linked to Marxism and communism. Last November 30, in a Message on the occasion of the opening of work of the International Conference of member judges of the Committee for Social Rights of Africa and America, Pope Francis said, “We build social justice on the basis of the fact that the...

The Kingdom of God

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 32nd   Thursday of Ordinary Time November 12, 2020 WORD of the DAY  Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he said in reply, “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed,  and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’  For behold, the kingdom of God is among you.  (Luke 17: 20-21) How shall I live this Word? The month of November accompanies us towards the end of the liturgical year and the time of preparation for Christmas, the time of Advent. Therefore, in these weeks we read those passages of the Gospel in which the first community questions itself about the destiny of the world and of history and draws on the words of Jesus for reflection. The question of the Pharisees is more than legitimate: when will the Kingdom of God come? Jesus replies that the Kingdom is already among us, it is we who build it. “The Pharisees, who have always dreamed of power, link their request to human criteria, therefore they hope that the divine manifestation will be accompanied by flashes of greatness and the restoration of past glories”. The...

Last Friday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Last Friday of Ordinary Time November 29, 2019  WORD of the DAY    He taught them a lesson. “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.  When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”  (Luke 21: 29-33)   How shall I live this Word? The anxiety of those who fear the future because they consider it a grim harbinger of unknowns, the strife with which we sometimes experience the present that unloads on us an unbearable burden of responsibility … These are choices that make us blind to the salvation of God. In His last talks, Jesus took the risk of upsetting His disciples with the premonition of cataclysms and punishments. Serene, with a calm tone, I would almost say caressing that restless audience suddenly made silent to welcome an important word. The Man...