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The richness of communion

Poverty, with its material deprivations, can also be interpreted as isolation, social exclusion. Fighting it therefore means bringing the person to participation.

by Lorna Gold

from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.41 - editorial insert in Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2015 - July 2015

Each culture proposes its own definition of wealth and poverty, including the culture N41 Pag 15 Lorna Gold Autore ridof communion. If ‘wealth’ is taken as shorthand for the aspiration for progress of individuals and nations, and poverty the lesser state they want to leave behind, communion offers a unique interpretative key. Despite owning little, in fact, those who live in communion have a great patrimony of wealth both in terms of material and non-tangible goods.

It is a Gospel paradox which reveals an economic logic – spiritual detachment, if lived out of love, sparks a circulation of goods, talents, ideas, good will, which generates abundance. In the culture of communion, in fact, there is phenomenal capacity to generate shared wealth.

It exists within the EoC institutions, including businesses, which become the creative means to bring people into this relationship of communion through creating work, technology transfers, profit sharing and so on. This communion becomes like an electrical network, with many transmitters sending out currents of generosity in every direction. These currents are capable of generating a tsunami of generosity, with surprising, unexpected effects. N41 Pag 15 Comunità rid

It is the mysterious, yet verifiable dynamic of communion: providence. Seen from this vantage point, poverty, with all its material deprivations, can be interpreted as total isolation, being totally outside communion: the anguish of dying of hunger in a world of plenty, believing nobody cares enough to help. At the deepest level, addressing poverty is about bringing the person into communion. This idea gives added weight to the idea of poverty as social exclusion. In fact, studies show that if you ask people living in deprivation to describe their experience, they invariably express it as exclusion, loneliness, a sense of abandonment. Our approach to addressing poverty, therefore, has to be centred on the premise of building fraternity as equals, enabling participation and empowerment to take root.



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