Being approximately 99% Polish (according to Ancestry.com), I have always taken a special interest in prominent Polish figures throughout history. One of my favorites is the famous 16th-century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, who was the first to propose a model that showed that the planets orbit the sun rather than the earth, as was previously believed. Inspired by his work, the phrase “Copernican revolution” has become commonplace for describing someone who needs to be less self-centered. We say that such a person is in need of a “Copernican revolution.” In fact, all of us are in need of such a revolution in the form of repentance, since we human beings have a tendency to be self-centered. Lent is a good time for us to learn to put the needs of others before our own, a trait we call altruism. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore the value of altruism.
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