Solidarity

  • Solidarity as usually understood describes people standing together united in mind and heart to achieve a common goal.
  • It is now evident that we have moved from being in separate isolated 'worlds' to being an interdependent world.
  • In other words, we live in a world where the well-being of each one depends on the well-being of all.

'To be fed on you is to be born'

A renewed understanding of Solidarity stresses that we are in a state of mutual indebtedness to one another, to those who came before us and to those who will come after us. 

  • Solidarity implies a conscious acceptance of the bond which joins the whole human family, past, present and future.
  • There can be no solidarity without co-responsibility.
  • From this new self-awareness, should flow gratitude, humility, global compassion and hope.

 

Solidarity in the light of Christian Faith

Solidarity is "the firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good"
(The Social Concern of the Church 38)
The Church must live in solidarity with the world because the Church is an expression of
God's love and concern for the world's destiny.
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