Curae Mundi Totius Haley Monahan

Reflecting on the Common Good with the care of our common home

Businesses and Profit

A company’s most important goal is to make money and profit that money, but that does not mean it is the most ethical goal. Companies that focus exclusively on profit can have serious downsides, such as putting management very- short term focused, often causing long term interests at risk. Instead, Companies should stop maximizing profit and start maximizing value.

“Profit must never be a Christian’s God, although it is one of the tools for measuring the effectiveness of business choices and the ability of a company to help workers feed their families… when money becomes an idol, it dictates people’s choices” - Pope Francis 2015

Aim to Serve, Not to Profit

Pope Francis asked Catholic entrepreneurs “to take the risk of complicating life,” by giving up certain economic gains and not depending on only profit. He greatly emphasizes that all human activities including business can start to exercise in mercy, which is to participate in the love of God and contribute it to businesses all over the world which can lead them to be more successful.

Small Farms and Big Businesses

Rural farming communities are threatened by new technologies and economies of larger scale that have taken over the agricultural industry. Family farms were traditionally tied to the good of their communities and vital to our economy and well-being. Not only do small farms support strong family life and create more jobs in the work place for rural communities, but they also protect natural resources and the environment.

. “There is a great variety of small- scale food production systems which feed the greater part of the world’s peoples, using a modest amount of land and producing less waste” (Laudato Si’, 129).

Today, rural farming communities are quickly turning into ghost towns and Americans are losing jobs from the rise of modern farming.

WashingtonPost. “Meet the Rural Americans Who Fear They're Being Forgotten.” YouTube, YouTube, 22 June 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAWwkzoOKgY.

“Work is a necessity, part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfilment” (Laudaato Si' 128).

Social Media's powerful Effect

“When media and the digital world become omnipresent, their influence can stop people from learning how to live wisely, to think deeply and to love generously” (Laudato Si’,47).

With the easy access to technology, humans have the habit of looking everything up on the internet and the option to think freely is not present anymore.

“The abundance of data and digital stimulation we all consume each day can amount to a kind of mental pollution that harms our relationships and shields us from the real pain and joy that comes from human interaction” (Lapowsky, September 2015).

Combating Poverty

“God created the heavens and the earth for all; yet sadly some have erected barriers, walls and fences, betraying the original gift meant for all humanity, with none excluded” (Glatz, June 2017).

People cannot continue to sit back and be unresponsive to the growing poverty rate in nations around the world.

Pope Francis says that we must respond with a new vision of how we look at life and society. Creating new jobs, producing reasonable tax receipts, and the exchange for one person’s labor for another are the key ways that poverty can be reduced through the world’s economy.

“5 Ways to Fight Poverty.” Outreach International, 13 Dec. 2016, outreach-international.org/5-ways-to-fight-poverty/.


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