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Prayer for the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Populorum Progressio
We celebrate the call of Pope Paul VI
To reflect on the Church’s teaching
That “the world is given to all”
For the common good of all;
That the economy should only be
At the service of authentic human development, To ensure that every person
Can flourish and have “a fully human life.”
May we help create the world
Pope Paul VI describes, moving beyond greed and self-interest, The “moral underdevelopment” of our time,
Moving to solidarity with those on the margins,
So all may share a common table,
So all may experience life as the gift God intends it be,
Life that is lived in community with others
With joy, with dignity, and in peace.
May we be a part of “bold transformations”
And of “innovations that go deep,”
Using our freedom, our creativity, and our courage,
With a generosity of spirit,
To shape a new social and economic order
Where there is room for everyone to participate in
The ongoing development of the global human community And thus, in their own ongoing growth and development. Amen.
— Jane Deren, Ph.D.
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