''My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.' In our 'globalised' world, our task is to remain morally and ethically ('wider concern for the world') vigilant. We need the word of God as a reference point in order to filter trends and harmful events in history.
''My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother." The above prevention and atonement is only possible if we develop a personal relationship to our world. This attitude of personal care is akin to the personal contact which we have with our parents. This 'personalism' is the key that we remain in touch with the world in which we live.
''But speak thou the tings which become sound doctrine...In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works...." We are the ones who can purify and heal history through remaining spiritually and ethically sober. The inertia of the world, its rolling towards lower and lower states under the weights of its unscrutinised ways and sins, is not the final word. Our commitment to the Gospel as disciples makes a difference.
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..