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Prince Henry had been destined for the priesthood until his older brother, Arthur, died. As a young monarch, he argued against Martin Luther and was declared a Defender of the Faith by the pope. Yet he went on to wrench Catholic England away from Rome so he could marry his mistress.
Philosophy often has denigrated the role of the emotions in human life, lumping them with the bodily passions and emotional states. But the heart is the real self. Suppressing the heart’s emotions does not lead us to be more objective, as is often argued. To see the world in its fullness, we must see it with the heart as well as the mind.
No. We should be indifferent to things that don’t matter, but we should never be indifferent to people. The proper attitude to persons—who have value in themselves—is better called detachment. While "indifferent" implies that we leave our heart out of it, "detachment" means that we love fully while loving God more than his creatures.
As Christians we are called upon to care for our less fortunate brothers and sisters and to work for a more just society. Catholics often legitimately disagree on how to go about these tasks. Here are some guiding principles. First, of course, is respect for every person, young or old, healthy or sick, rich or poor.
"No work of charity should be regarded as foreign to the Society, although its special object is to visit poor families."
~ In outlining the activities of The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, an international association of Catholic laymen engaging systematically in personal service to the poor, the founders had an eye to the future needs of human kind.