Bandits and beggars

“The Church … considers the action of this world and the action of the soul simply incommensurate, viewed in their respective spheres; she would rather save the soul of one single wild bandit of Calabria, or a whining beggar of Palermo, than draw a hundred lines of railroad through the length and breadth of Italy, or carry out a sanitary reform, in its fullest details, in every city of Sicily, except so far as these great national works tended to some spiritual good beyond them.” – Blessed John Henry Newman

(Excerpted from “The Kingship of Christ and the Anti-Kingdom of Modernity” by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski)

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