Soon after moving to central Minnesota in the summer of 2011, I visited one of the region’s landmarks, the Mall of America: a four-million-square-foot collection of more than five hundred stores that includes an amusement park, a hotel, and twelve thousand parking spaces. As I roamed the mall’s crowded corridors, a set of half-forgotten phrases crashed around in my mind. I vaguely recalled that they came from something Pope John Paul II had said or written, but I couldn’t remember the...
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Barry Hudock’s newest book is Faith Meets World: The Gift and Challenge of Catholic Social Teaching, forthcoming from Liguori Publications in April 2013. He blogs on issues related to Catholic social teaching.