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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on December 18, 2012.

eNewsletter Subject: The Truth about Man...and Grace

In the wake of the Newtown school shootings, nearly everybody feels the need to offer an ill-considered opinion. But perhaps it is not too farfetched to suggest what would be gained by placing relationships ahead of an isolated individualism. Through solidarity among God and ourselves, personal troubles can be more effectively noticed and addressed.

In another context, something along these lines seems to be at the root of Pope Benedict's address to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The Pope laments that Man Is Considered in Biological Terms or as “Human Capital”. This brief address is worth reading for the important distinctions it makes.

The Pope also continued his Year of Faith audiences with an emphasis on what lies at the core of human relationships and the truth about man: God Reveals His “Benevolent Purpose”. It is, after all, man's rejection of these purposes which causes so much (otherwise inexplicable) pain and suffering.

This endemic rejection is very definitely heightening in our own day. We see another example in Phil Lawler's commentary on how The gay intimidation campaign reaches toward the Pope....

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