by Benedetto Gui
In the waters of the Sun Moon Lake, the green mountains of the central-eastern region of Taiwan are reflected. This big and beautiful island of the South China Sea was rightly named Formosa by the Portuguese sailors. Its fame attracts millions of tourists every year, also from mainland China. The steep slopes are covered with lush vegetation in the midst of which I can recognize clumps of bamboo, maybe 15 meters tall.
James Liao, a man in his forties, skinny like many of his countrymen, is waiting for us at the entrance of a small pier where we can sit on the stern of the Holy Love. It is a motorboat that has been recently rebuilt and he is justly proud of it: it is the only one of the whole lake that is accessible by the disabled in wheelchairs.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 16/11/2014
In Montgomery, Alabama, in a small Baptist church, I heard the most extraordinary sermon ever: the topic was the book of Exodus and the political struggle of the black in the South. From his pulpit the preacher mimed the exodus from Egypt, and he expounded the similarities with the present; he bent his back under the whip, he defied Pharaoh, he fearfully hesitated in front of the sea, he accepted the covenant and the law at the foot of the mountain.
M. Walzer, Exodus and Revolution
The types of humanism that have shown themselves capable of a future have flourished thanks to non-predatory relationships with time and with the earth. Time and the earth are not our creation; they can only be received, kept, cared for and managed by us, as a gift and a promise. And when we don't act like this and use time and land for profit, the future horizon of all gets cloudy and smaller.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 09/11/2014
“If a man contracted a debt and gave his wife, sons, daughters in exchange or handed them over to be slaves, for three years they will work in the house of their purchaser or to the person who keeps them in slavery; but in the fourth year they will recover their freedom” (Code of Hammurabi).
To understand and live again, here and now the great message of the “Ten Words” donated by YHWH-Elohim, we would need a culture of the covenant, a civilization of faithful promises, capable of pacts that recognize the value of “forever”. Instead, a big sign of our time is the transformation of all the pacts into contracts, a sign that resonates louder and louder until it covers all the other sounds of the concert of community life. We see this extremely vividly in the context of family relationships, but also in the labour market where work relations in the twentieth century were designed and described using the relational register of pacts but today they are increasingly being flattened to the shape of contracts only.
by Carolina Carbonell
Gonzalo Perrín would never have imagined becoming the manager of a company producing biscuits at the age of only 29. He did his studies and was preparing to work in the hospitality industry but when he got to know the EoC, he felt contaminated by its philosophy and did not hesitate to leave everything behind. Today he is the director of the company named Pasticcino, a factory inside the Polo Solidaridad where 2.500.000 biscuits for coffee are produced monthly to be then distributed to 25 chain stores. Actually, at the moment there are plans to set up a branch office in the Polo Spartaco, in Sao Paulo (Brazil).
Last Thursday, on 23 October 2014 Gonzalo attended the presentation of the EoC at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario (Argentina), as part of an event that was entitled: “Subsidiarity: An Entrepreneurial Commitment”.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 02/11/2014
“Then the Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of words, but saw no form; there was only a voice.” (Deuteronomy, 4:12)
Human history is not a uniform and monotonic straight line. Some events have the power to bend time, to fold it or sometimes break some paths from it, opening up new dimensions for humanity. The voice of Sinai is one of those instants. The words spoken there and given to a nation of former slaves freed and pilgrims in a desert allow humanity to enter into a new moral and religious era. An era that is entirely to be created still, one that will always remain unfinished. So it is still ahead of us, waiting for us, calling us.
by Gina Perkov
‘We shall live or die, but we’ll be together!’ A great applause followed the words of Augustin from Congo who chose these words to express his own gratitude for the possibility to be part of the EoC project. This is how the 5th meeting of entrepreneurs and leaders of the European EoC ended in Križevci, Croatia.
150 people from 23 countries were present; from Europe: Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldavia, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, and also Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal were represented, but there were participants even from Brazil, Argentina, the Democratic Republic of Congo and India.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 26/10/2014
...the mountains among themselves were fighting for the honor of being chosen as the spot for the revelation. One said: "Upon me shall the Shekinah of God rest, and mine shall be this glory," whereupon the other mountain replied: "Upon me shall the Shekinah rest, and mine shall be this glory." The mountain of Tabor said to the mountain of Hermon: "Upon me shall the Shekinah rest, mine shall be this glory..." (...) Mount Sinai was given the preference not for its humility alone, but also because upon it there had been no worshipping of idols; whereas the other mountains, owing to their height, had been employed as sanctuaries by the idolaters.
(Louis Ginzberg, The Legends of the Jews, Vol. III)
The first reform and social organization of the people of Israel originate from the advice of Jethro, Moses' father in law, a foreigner of a different faith. Between the escape from the idols of Egypt and the receiving of the gift of the Torah at Sinai, the Book of Exodus wished to include a picture of a good believer who is not idolatrous, and placed it at the heart of an event of crucial importance for the life of the people. It is a message of great openness and hope that reaches us today when believers in the God of life should unite and have a greater self-esteem, to free and protect ourselves from the thousands of idolatrous cults of our time.