Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits
Much of my background lies in social ministry, but after ordination the provincial decreed that I was to work in philosophy also. It seemed an odd mix at the time: philosophers tend to be squeamish about the rough-and-tumble of social action, while some social activists give the impression that garlic should be worn to ward off the anemia-inducing influence of philosophers. The combination has given a certain Janus-like quality to my life; but it has worked, and I have felt no need to look back.
Justice is the theme of my essay. Many of those in ministries such as education argue, rightly, that we need a wider notion of justice. People in social ministry worry about the notion of justice being made so wide that it means little more than doing good, and about "the poor" being taken to mean anyone in need; they too are right. A more careful analysis of the claim that justice promotion is integral to faith-service is the key to resolving the problem.
Murphy, Seamus S.J.. The Many Ways of Justice. Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits, 26, 2: 1-39, 1994. Retrieved from Loyola eCommons, Philosophy: Faculty Publications and Other Works,
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