What saints and scholars say about how to make the world better
Aleteia – 06/07/21
God has a master plan to change the world, and we each have a place in it. All we need to do is live the basic vocation of every Christian: Love Jesus Christ as God and love our neighbors as Jesus Christ.
We know the way Jesus put it: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” Here are some ways great saints and thinkers put it.
C.S. Lewis put it this way: We live in a society of “possible gods and goddesses.”
“The dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship,” he said in his essay The Weight of Glory, “or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations.”
In fact, “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal,” he said. “Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.”
You live surrounded by icons of Christ, waiting for you to serve him through them.
That means the key to fulfilling God’s will on earth is loving our neighbor as we love ourselves.