“The Astonishing Experience of Gift”: Pope Benedict XVI on Economics by Richard C. Cook

by Richard C. Cook
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August 26, 2009

Life is a gift bestowed by God upon man.

Therefore each of us must adopt an attitude of giving in relation to all other men. This attitude must include activities involving the economic life of individuals, nations, and the world. Economics is not just a search for efficiency or profits.

Such are among the lessons to be derived from Pope Benedict XVI’s recent encyclical, Caritas In Veritate, “Charity in Truth.” The Pope writes,

“Charity in truth places man before the astonishing experience of gift. Gratuitousness is present in our lives in many different forms, which often go unrecognized because of a purely consumerist and utilitarian view of life. The human being is made for gift, which expresses and makes present his transcendent dimension.”

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