Over the coming months, I plan to share thoughts about the social Teaching of the Church and the apostolate of the Enthronement.
Two movements in the Church met before and now they meet again. One is The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the Home (ESH) and the other is Catholic Social Teaching (CST). They met in what was the beginning period for each, during the ministry of Leo XIII.
“From the very beginning, in the mind of Father Mateo, the apostolate of the Enthronement, aiming at the social reign of the Sacred Heart, attempted to develop what had been done in a much more formal way and on a more theological scale by those great social encyclicals of some of our recent Popes beginning with Rerum Novarum of Pope Leo XIII. In this way we can say that Father Mateo was a pioneer in the Catholic social apostolate.” Cardinal Meyer, cited Marcel Bocquet The Firebrand p.47.
Since that time CST has flourished. Pope Francis On Fraternity and Social Friendship (2020) offers a synodal aggiornamento of the focus of Mateo’s own work. That means the vision of Mateo is updated to address the concern of the 21th century. In concluding his introduction to the letter, Francis writes: “Let us dream, then, as a single human family, as fellow travelers sharing the same flesh, as children of the same earth which is our common home, each of us bringing the richness of his or her beliefs and convictions, each of us with his or her own voice, brothers and sisters all.” (#8)