Missionaries of the Sacred

Catholic Social Teaching: Principle of Solidarity PDF Print
Monday, 29 November 2010 14:15

These children, who live in an orphanage in Tanzania, are our sisters in the Lord. We can help our brothers and sisters by working for the common good, for global peace and justice.Solidarity helps us see other people and nations as our neighbors. This part of Catholic teaching challenges us to redefine our concept of neighbor, remembering always that every person, regardless of how different they might seem to be from us, is also a child of God, and therefore our brother or sister. We are called to overcome barriers of race, religion, gender, nationality, ethnicity, and economic status and to work for global peace and justice. We are one, human family and we must go beyond our differences.

We can show  solidarity on many levels. As we go about our daily routine, we can show solidarity by making an effort to get to know a new student (or  a student who is avoided or picked on by others) or by something as simple as not participating in office or neighborhood gossip. We show solidarity in our local communities whenever we work to solve problems that don’t directly affect us.

On the global level, solidarity  helps keep people living in rich nations from being indifferent to the poverty and lack of basic human rights experienced by people living  in other nations. Solidarity is determination to commit oneself to the common good, because we are all one family and we are  responsible for each other.




Did You Know?

An estimated 1.4 billion people were living in extreme poverty (on less than $1.25 per day) in 2005.

925 million people do not have enough to eat.

Malnutrition and hunger-related diseases cause 60% of the deaths of children under the age of five.

In the USA, 14.7% of households are food insecure, and over a third of these (5.7% total) are very food insecure. (2009 data)