Published: Friday, 28 January 2011 10:09
Written by Antonella Ferrucci
Focolare Conference in Nairobi on the project requested by Chiara Lubich
Economy of Communion for African Development
Published in the Roman Observer on 28/01/2011
Nairobi, January 27 - "An authentic African development should bring with it the "spirituality of communion", concern for others and solidarity towards those in need. This conference is a great opportunity to introduce a new dimension in the study program on economic and human development.
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Published: Thursday, 23 September 2010 11:38
Written by Luigino Bruni
But gratuitousness can live together with the market
By Luigino Bruni
Published on Avvenire on 23/09/2010
The topic of gratuitousness is (finally!) being talked about again, even in public debate, in politics – and even in economy and economic science.
This renewed interest by the economy should not surprise people if we remember that the Latin word charitas (note the letter “h”, as it was written in the first Christian codes) – which was chosen by Christians to translate the Greek word agape, gratuitous love – had economic origins and uses. It means that which was expensive, that which costs on the market. This renewed interest, however, is accompanied by usage which is not always attentive and faithful to the great philosophical, spiritual and especially human reflection (only humans know about it) on gratuitousness. In my opinion, there are two errors that frequently appear when people talk about gratuitousness. First of all, they identify it with free, as in free of charge, a price of zero. “Frank works gratuitously”, meaning he works for free, therefore, his stipend is zero. Instead, from the great Franciscan tradition, we know that gratuitousness in a certain way means to have infinite value.
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