The Leaven of the World: Serving the Poor is Neither the Air in the Balloon nor the Cherry on the Sundae
Friday, October 25, 2013
11:30am - 12:45pm
Cuneo Hall, Room 425
By invitation or faculty request
Presented by Hon. Thomas More Donnelly, Associate Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, and djunct professor at Loyola Law School, where he also directs the Philip H. Corboy Trial Advocacy Fellowship.
The meat of Catholicism lies not in words, but in the transformative action of love. To make our law schools boldly Jesuit requires radical change, transplanting legal clinics from the periphery to the center of our schools; putting loving action for the poor at the heart of our schools would indeed set them apart, would authentically distinguish them from secular law schools. It is only personal involvement with suffering that will suffice to instill in students a desire to engage in public service and to further social justice during law school and after graduation. Legal clinics form the best starting point for teaching law students about justice; Catholic clinics should distinguish themselves from clinics at secular law schools by incorporating the gospel values, which require serving the poorest and most despised members of society with humility. In light of the gospel, St. Vincent de Paul remarked, we must serve the poorest of the poor with even greater love: “The dirtier and uglier they are, the more vulgar and unjust, the more love you must show them. It is only because of your love and your love alone, that the poor will forgive you for the bread that you give them.”