The values that animate us come from the Gospel and from the teaching of the Catholic Church.
Our life is inspired in particular by the value of fraternity, which we try to realize in all social relationships: in economic relations, in work, towards minors. An idea of fraternity that puts man and his needs at the center, because there is no justice where human needs are not respected.
Our commitment projects us towards the dream of a different world. We cannot change the world from today to tomorrow, but we can begin by changing working, family and social relationships with our neighbors.
Man and His Needs
The Church teaches us that man is one "Incarnate spirit destined for Eternal Life": everyone is destined for salvation, and therefore able to follow the Gospel as a rule of life. The Gospel is not only feasible, but represents the privileged way to full realization.
The man has some needs of type material, spiritual, emotional, social and educational: study and work, grow within a family, receive an adequate education, the search for God.
Social justice consists of respecting these needs. Each of us carries within himself the aspiration to love and fraternity; and it is the duty of society to favor its realization.
Over the years, the Church has provided us with important confirmations of this vision. For example, in the encyclical Populorum Progressio of March 26, 1967, Paul VI states that human nature contains in itself an aspiration to higher values such as love, friendship, prayer and contemplation. In the Message to the Peoples of Asia, pronounced by Paul VI himself in Manila, November 29, 1970, he spoke of an "integral humanism", inviting precisely to look at man not as a purely material being, but as a complex being, which aspires to the realization of higher values.
From that moment on, the expression "integral humanism" was widely accepted and used in the teaching of the Church.
If it is true that we are all children of the same Father, we cannot remain indifferent to the needs of our brother: his destiny depends on each one of us. Fraternity is the mutual will to love each other, sharing the same fate. Seen in this way, fraternity becomes the most lasting and effective remedy for poverty.
Fraternity in economic relations
We believe that in economic and productive relationships it is necessary put the man in the center. Material goods are a tool for life, but the dignity of the person must always come first. The property it is not an exclusive and arbitrary right; is responsible administration: what we have is a gift from God and it is to God that we will give an account of its use.
We cannot remain indifferent to the needs of our brother: we are all share responsibility of what happens around us, individually and socially. For this reason, Nomadelfia has embraced the idea of evangelical poverty in the sense of sobriety, that is, to possess only what is necessary for a dignified life.
These principles conform to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and in particular to the universal destination principle of goods.
Fraternity in work
The work is one fundamental dimension of human existence. It is a means of sustenance and fulfillment, but it is above all collaboration with God and with the brothers to preserve Creation, to build the common good.
Nomadelfia wants to live the job such as a act of love towards his brother, a continuation of God's love.
Working is not just cultivating a field or building a chair, but also feeding a child or keeping an old man company.
Every job has an absolute dignity, whose value cannot be quantified, because it is infinite.
Fraternity towards the little ones
Every child has the right to live in a society that allows him to fully develop his personality. For this to be possible, it needs first of all love, warmth, affection, certain points of reference.
For this reason, taking care of children without families it is an act of justice and of true fraternity: every child is a child of God, and the responsibility for his future falls on everyone. Every child is entitled to receive the same love, with the same importance and urgency.
Education is everyone's responsibility. It is proved that the environment and the context of life are determining factors for the formation of a personality. Children learn what they live and see: adults are their reference models.
The Dream of a Different World
"Change civilization, starting with myself". Although it has been a long time since Don Zeno addressed these words to us, even today our society does not succeed in realizing the values of justice and fraternity in which we believe.
Work is a concern for young people, not only because the lack of opportunities actually denies the sustenance of oneself and one's family, but also because work, understood as personal fulfillment, has become the privilege of a few, which moreover goes to detriment of other spheres of life, in particular the care of children and the elderly.
The gap in the possibilities of life between countries and between social classes continues to increase, while, paradoxically, the individualistic search for material well-being is the most accepted, shared and encouraged value in society.
The isolation and the sense of frustration that ensues are inevitably reflected in family and social relationships.
In recent years, there has been a flowering of associations and volunteer organizations that seek to "plug the holes" in the world in which we live, but it is not enough: the problems of our society must be solved at the root.
We cannot change the world overnight, but we can begin by changing working, family and social relationships with our neighbors.