catholicthinker:

‪"It is not enough to not do evil.“ – St. Oscar Romero‬
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I find this to be an intriguing statement. The official definiton of “evil” in the Catholic doctrine (as defined by the Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas) is “the absence of good” – thus St. Romero is saying “it is not enough to not do what is the absence of good.” To say it a different way – it is not enough just to be in a state of being that is good. In my interpretation, it seems to connote a passive state of goodness.

St. Romero says we must be in an active state of goodness – that is, our goodness must be seen.

Don’t tell me what you are…show me.

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