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COMMON GOOD

Every person is created in the image and likeness of God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit: the perfect community. To be fully human, then, we must learn to live in community with others and seek what is called the common good. The common good can be defined as the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily. There are many aspects to the common good, such as access to health care, education, proper housing, work, adequate food and water. The common good is a dynamic concept. As social conditions change and moral awareness grows, the common good evolves as well. The common good consists of three essential elements:

  • respect for and promotion of fundamental rights of the person;
  • prosperity, or the development of society's spiritual and temporal goods
  • the peace and security of the group and of its members.

Everyone should be concerned about creating and supporting institutions that improve the conditions of human life. The state and every person within it are called to defend and promote the common good of civil society. The common good of the whole human family requires that all societies work together for a just world where all persons, made in the image and likeness of God are able to reach their human fulfillment.

Related Concepts:

COMMUNITY
LOVE OF NEIGHBOUR
SERVICE
MINISTRY
STEWARDSHIP
JUSTICE
SOLIDARITY
INTERDEPENDENCE
VOCATION
HUMAN DIGNITY
EMPOWERMENT
CITIZENSHIP
PREFERENTIAL OPTION FOR THE POOR
WORLD ORDER / GLOBALIZATION
WORK


Corresponding Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations:
 
CGE1d Develops attitudes and values founded on Catholic social teaching and acts to promote social responsibility, human solidarity and the common good
CGE3b Creates, adapts, evaluates new ideas in light of the common good
CGE4c Takes initiative and demonstrates Christian leadership
CGE5c Develops one's God-given potential and makes a meaningful contribution to society
CGE5d Finds meaning, dignity, fulfillment and vocation in work which contributes to the common good
CGE5e Respects the rights, responsibilities and contributions of self and others
CGE5f Exercises Christian leadership in the achievement of individual and group goals
CGE6e Ministers to the family, school, parish, and wider community through service
CGE7e Witnesses Catholic social teaching by promoting equality, democracy, and solidarity for a just, peacefull and compassionate society
CGE7f Respects and affirms the diversity and interdependence of the world's peoples and cultures
CGE7j Contributes to the common good