The Common Good. Whether you follow an organized religion, are or are not a religious person, one cannot help but be inspired by the visit of Pope Francis. His words are ecumenical.
He spoke of pragmatism, courage, intelligence and resolve, business as a noble vocation and several mentions of the common good. Below are some highlights from the Pope’s address to the U.S. Congress.
- As legislators you are to grow the Nation
- You are the face of the Nation’s people
- Demanding the pursuit of the common good is the chief aim of politics
- Summon the courage and intelligence to resolve today’s many geopolitical and economic crises
- Let us now resolve to live as nobly and as justly as possible
- Remember the Golden Rule
- Business is a noble vocation aimed at producing wealth and improving the world
- A good political leader always opts to initiate process rather than possessing spaces
- It is difficult to judge the past by the criteria of the present
- God Bless America
You can see the full-prepared text for the address to the U.S. Congress here.
No matter what you believe about religion or think about Pope Francis, I never met anyone who was indifferent toward the common good. That’s what leadership is all about, what is right not who is right.