Monday 23 January 2017

'Dream shall never die'

Published 23/12/2012 | 09:20

GENEROUS impulses, understandably, do not thrive when people are driven by fear about the future. Yet it is in such times of crisis that the solidarity and compassion which informed Declan Costello's dream of a "Just Society" are most needed. Even in this time of fret we should remember that we are the keepers of our brothers and sisters.

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It is, of course, also a measure of how far we have yet to travel that Costello's advocacy of the "Just Society" is as relevant as it is unfulfilled. Those like the St Vincent de Paul, who espouse the charitable virtues, particularly at a time when, whatever about adults, children desperately need Christmas, should be commended for their willingness to believe that when it comes to the compassionate society, "the work goes on, the cause endures . . . and the dream shall never die". Remember them, and those genuine cases they help in the coming days.

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