In this month of August sandwiched between the celebration of Emancipation and Independence and flavoured with the feelings associated with holidays, we are invited to pause to look a little more deeply at our nation state.
Happily spared the ravages of bad weather, so far, and the political and social upheavals that plague our neighbours, we ought to celebrate our privileged status. In the first place, we could practise the art of thankfulness. Ingratitude is a ‘sin of sorcery’, because when we fail to return thanks, we are setting ourselves up as the architects of our good fortune, making little gods out of our gifts of body and mind, ignoring the God, from Whom all good gifts flow.
We need to look at our responsibility to the persons and groups whose lack demands a response from us. The Fathers of the Church warn us that whatever we have in excess belongs, by right, to those who are in need. Not to give to them is to be guilty of theft, frightening thought!