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 concretize in all social relationships : in economic relationships, in work, towards minors. An idea of fraternity that focuses on man and his needs, 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 the 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 capable of following the Gospel as a rule of life . The Gospel is not only practicable, but it represents the privileged path for full realization.
Man has some needs of type material , spiritual, emotional, social and educational : studying and working, growing within a family, receiving adequate education, the search for God.
Social justice consists of respecting these needs . Each of us carries within it the aspiration to love and fraternity ; and it is the task of society to encourage 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 affirms that human nature contains in itself an aspiration for higher values such as love, friendship, prayer and contemplation. In the Message to the Peoples of Asia, pronounced by Paul VI himself in Manila, on 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" has been widely accepted and used in the magisterium of the Church.
If it is true that we are all children of the same Father, we cannot remain indifferent to the needs of the 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 relations it is necessary to put man at the center . Material goods are an instrument for life, but the dignity of the person must always be in the first place. Property is not an exclusive and arbitrary right; it is responsible administration : what we have is a gift from God and it is to God that we will account for its use.
We cannot remain indifferent to the needs of the brother: we are all jointly responsible for what is happening around us, individually and socially. For this reason, Nomadelfia 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 principle of universal destination of goods .
Fraternity in work
Work is a fundamental dimension of human existence. It is a means of sustenance and fulfillment, but above all it is collaboration with God and with the brothers and sisters to safeguard Creation, to build the common good .
Nomadelfia wants to experience work as an act of love for her brother , a continuation of God's love.
To work is not only to cultivate a field or build a chair, but also to feed a child or keep company with an elderly person.
Every job has an absolute dignity , the value of which 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 above all love, warmth, affection, certain points of reference.
For this reason, taking care of children without families is an act of justice and true fraternity : every child is a child of God, and responsibility for his future falls on everyone . Every child has the right to receive the same love , with the same importance and urgency.
Education is everyone's responsibility . It is proven 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 role 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, our society still 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 opportunity effectively denies the sustenance of oneself and one's family, but also because work, understood as personal fulfillment, has become a privilege of the few, which moreover goes to to the detriment of the other spheres of life, in particular the care of children and the elderly.
The gap in life chances 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 resulting isolation and sense of frustration inevitably reflect on family and social relationships.
In recent years, there has been a flowering of associations and voluntary bodies that try 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 start by changing the working, family and social relationships with our neighbors.