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We are not made to be alone. After God formed man and breathed into him the breath of life He said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a helper fit for him” (Gen. 2:18). We are, quite literally, made for each other. Because of this, the Acton Institute has always emphasized the social nature of the person.

People find their ultimate fulfilment only in communion with God, but one essential element of our development as persons is our relationships with our neighbors. We gain the capacity to act for disinterested ends by interacting with others in shared moral goods such as promises, friendships, marriage, and family life. Through the stewardship of our time, talents, and material gifts, we not only create economic value through exchange but also incarnate our moral values in the world. We are always looking for ways to make our ideas accessible to both those simply curious about and those seriously committed to the principles that form the foundation of a free and virtuous society.

This issue of Acton Notes has a new look, which we hope you enjoy. With larger pictures and a simpler, sleeker design, Acton Notes will help us continue to effectively bring you information about ongoing events and news from Acton.

Inside this issue there is a lovely feature story about how Cecilia Sanders, a Catholic high school teacher, has been incorporating Acton produced curricula into her classroom. There is also a brief write-up of our recent Detroit luncheon at which I gave the keynote address titled “Moral and Practical Problems with the Resurgent Socialism” and a notice on forthcoming books.

To those of you who are just getting acquainted with our work, be sure to check out our website and podcast for additional resources at acton.org. Special thanks are due especially to those whose financial support makes the work of the Acton Institute possible. To those who have not donated to Acton before, please prayerfully consider doing so.

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Rev. Robert A. Sirico received his Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic University of America following undergraduate study at the University of Southern California and the University of London.  During his studies and early ministry, he experienced a growing concern over the lack of training religious studies students receive in fundamental economic principles, leaving them poorly equipped to understand and address today's social problems.  As a result of these concerns, Fr. Sirico co-founded the Acton Institute with Kris Alan Mauren in 1990.