Catholics Spending Faithfully

Catholics Spending Faithfully

by Charles K. Wilber




Americans continually face economic choices as local and immediate as where to buy food and as global and long-term as how much oil and natural gas our nation should consume. This eight-week, small-group resource on economic stewardship explores ongoing questions about how one spends limited human, natural, and monetary resources. Following an introductory session, groups learn about the seven core themes of Catholic social teaching: Dignity of the Human Person, Community and the Common Good, Rights and Responsibilities, Preferential Option for the Poor, Dignity of Work, Solidarity, and Subsidiarity. Groups are then taught how to apply Catholic moral principles to the pressing economic decisions of their households, local communities, nation, and world. Between meetings, group members are encouraged to take small steps toward better stewardship such as studying family consumption patterns, evaluating household budgets against Catholic values, improving one's work environment, or helping someone unemployed find a job. This guide is ideal for parish faith-sharing and social outreach groups, as well as families, schools, and campus ministry programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594712586
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 05/13/2011
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Charles K. Wilber is the emeritus professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame and a fellow of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Wilber has written or edited over a dozen books and published numerous articles, including several in National Catholic Reporter, Commonweal, Preach, and America.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Using This Booklet ix

Session 1 Our Call to Economic Stewardship 1

Session 2 The Dignity of the Human Person 15

Session 3 Community and the Common Good 23

Session 4 Rights and Responsibilities 31

Session 5 The Option for the Poor 39

Session 6 The Dignity of Work 49

Session 7 Solidarity 61

Session 8 Subsidiarity 71

Opening Prayers 77

Closing Prayers 80

What People are Saying About This

Marie Dennis

�Catholics Spending and Acting Justly offers a clear but challenging �see, judge, and act' process for small groups to use in response to the economic challenges of everyday life. If taken seriously, this small booklet could change our lives, our communities, and our world.� --(Marie Dennis, Director, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns)

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