When a Little is a Lot

Go here for my latest article for Aleteia–Aleteia is a new website dedicated to Catholic thought and current events. My piece features the British economist and Catholic convert E.F.Schumacher–who was much influenced by Catholic social teaching and the Distributism of Chesterton, Belloc and others.

I also recommend that you bookmark Aleteia. They’ve got some great writers on board with punchy article and a good looking design.

I will also be contributing a series of profiles of papabile. The first one is published today. You’ll find it here.

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  • FW Ken

    Maybe not relevant, but I recently passed a tiny little church called “Servant House”. It was in an impoverished neighborhood, but had a brave sign on the front: “A little is a lot when God is in it”.

    I like that.

  • Nicole

    I wanted to comment on your article on Aleteia, but not at the cost of handing over my facebook page to them, so here is my comment, and I’d love to have further clarification:

    I agree with subsidiarity, but might I suggest thinking a little deeper about the application? Goodwill is a national organization, not a local one. If you really want to buy local, why not hire a mom trying to afford to stay home with her kids to sew your clothes? And local does not always equal the higher moral ground. For example, in my community there is a strong new age movement; I would much, much rather order my books online than shop at the (happily now-defunct) local bookstore that promotes occult practices (although it presented itself as a mainstream bookstore). We absolutely have to pay attention to the long-term effects of our shopping, and boiling it down to “buy local” is a bad shortcut. I’m sure that’s not what Fr. Longernecker meant to suggest at all; this is just a point of clarification. I guess I’ve always understood the Catholic principle to be, not that everything should be local no matter the sacrifice, but that most of the time smaller works better, respects people better, accomplishes more. I never thought of it as precluding, say, my commuting 30 miles to work for an international company with an excellent moral reputation so much as prohibiting that company from colluding with a box store (or worse, an overly-nationalized government) to undercut a local store’s prices. Have I misunderstood?


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