fairness

The Generosity of God

Photography © by Andy Coan

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) — Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalms 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18; Philippians 1:20-24, 27; Matthew 20:1-16. “But that’s not fair!” Most parents have heard this phrase umpteen times.  The notion of fairness, also known as justice, is wired into us.  It makes us aware that each of us has certain […]

God’s Justice is Always Fair

Photography © by Andy Coan

“But that’s not fair!” Most parents have heard this phrase umpteen times. The notion of fairness, also known as justice, is wired into us. It makes us aware that each of us has certain rights that need to be respected. But it also means that we each have duties. If others have the right to be paid for their work, […]

The Virtue of Fairness

Return of the Prodigal Son by Murillo

It may very well be that the first moral judgment a child utters is “That’s not fair!” Virtually all studies on the subject report that children as young as four already have an active and flourishing sense of fairness. The difference between fairness and justice, though subtle, is pivotal in the area of virtue education. A firm grasp of fairness […]

A Father’s Unity of Life

Family expert James Stenson has written an insightful article for the Catholic Education Resource Center that connects a father’s leadership in the workplace to the leadership he shows at home.  He warns of the dangers of leading two lives, the “producer” in the workplace and the “consumer” at home.  I was drawn to this particular passage:  “You are one person, […]