Share the Faith

Solidarity is also an authentic moral virtue, not a “feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good. That is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all”. Solidarity rises to the rank of fundamental social virtue since it places itself in the sphere of justice. It is a virtue directed par excellence to the common good, and is found in “a commitment to the good of one’s neighbour with the readiness, in the Gospel sense, to ‘lose oneself’ for the sake of the other instead of exploiting him, and to ‘serve him’ instead of oppressing him for one’s own advantage (cf. Mt 10:40-42, 20:25; Mk 10:42-45; Lk 22:25-27)”. (Catholic Compendium of Social Doctrine ar. 193c)

Jesus of Nazareth makes the connection between solidarity and charity shine brightly before all, illuminating the entire meaning of this connection: “In the light of faith, solidarity seeks to go beyond itself, to take on the specifically Christian dimensions of total gratuity, forgiveness and reconciliation. One’s neighbour is then not only a human being with his or her own rights and a fundamental equality with everyone else, but becomes the living imageof God the Father, redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ and placed under the permanent action of the Holy Spirit. One’s neighbour must therefore be loved, even if an enemy, with the same love with which the Lord loves him or her; and for that person’s sake one must be ready for sacrifice, even the ultimate one: to lay down one’s life for the brethren (cf. 1 Jn 3:16)”. (Catholic Compendium of Social Doctrine ar. 196b)

Once we encounter Jesus Christ in the sacraments, we begin to realize that we are not alone on our journey, and in fact, our salvation does not take place in vacuum.  Rather we are saved from sin not only as individuals, but also as a community. This why the sacraments always has communal dimension to them i.e. liturgical. Since we are saved from sin as individuals and as a community we are called to share the Catholic Faith with one another with those within our parish and outside of parish in solidarity.

To be in solidarity with another does not means compromising the foundational truths of the Catholic Faith but rather celebrating them in community with another. Solidarity is living out the foundational teachings of the Gospel message that has been revealed to humanity via the Catholic Church. It is Jesus Christ alone who bring true and genuine solidairty and community by revealing to what truly the “common good” for humanity.