Welcome to Catalyst’s first “Make a Difference Monday!” We are excited to start kicking off your week with inspiring stories featuring those that are truly making a difference with their influence, whether on a global scale (like today’s celebrity), in their workplace, or in their community.
If you’ve been anywhere near a TV or your smart phone recently, you have heard that Pope Francis made his American debut last week, speaking before huge crowds and holding intimate meetings with faithful supporters. One family even made a 13,000 mile trip from Buenos Aires to New York in a VW bus to hear the Pope speak (the Pope was a fellow Argentine), and they were surprised with a private face-to-face meeting with the pontiff.
No matter your spiritual or non-spiritual leanings, it’s undeniable that the Pope is a major political figure throughout the world, and Francis chose to use his platform to address another influential political establishment: the U.S. Congress. We at Catalyst were inspired by his calls to action, and thought it fitting to feature Pope Francis in our first Make a Difference Monday post.
The Pope chose to speak about cooperation to combat slavery and injustice:
“It is important that today, as in the past, the voice of faith continue to be heard, for it is a voice of fraternity and love, which tries to bring out the best in each person and in each society. Such cooperation is a powerful resource in the battle to eliminate new global forms of slavery, born of grave injustices which can be overcome only through new policies and new forms of social consensus.”
He encouraged all people of influence to bring opportunities to those who need them most:
“Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.”
And to help bring economic opportunity to those that are at a disadvantage:
“It goes without saying that part of this great effort is the creation and distribution of wealth. The right use of natural resources, the proper application of technology and the harnessing of the spirit of enterprise are essential elements of an economy which seeks to be modern, inclusive and sustainable. Business is a noble vocation, directed to producing wealth and improving the world. It can be a fruitful source of prosperity for the area in which it operates, especially if it sees the creation of jobs as an essential part of its service to the common good.”
Well said, Pope Francis. Thank you for being bold and using your abilities to speak for those that need a louder microphone. We hope his words will encourage you to find opportunities to make a difference in your Monday, and all week long!
Do YOU have someone you think should be featured on one of our "Make A Difference Monday" posts? Are you making a difference and want to tell us about your journey? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org, we’d love to hear your stories and feature you or someone you admire in an upcoming post. And if you’re submission is featured, we’ll send some Catalyst awesomeness your way!
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