Kenny shows how the spread of cheap technologies, such as vaccines and bed nets, and ideas, such as political rights, has transformed the world. He also shows that by understanding this transformation, we can make the world an even better place to live.
That's not to say that life is grand for everyone, or that we don't have a long way to go. But improvements have spread far, and, according to Kenny, they can spread even further.
In The Upside of Down, Charles Kenny argues that America's so-called decline is only relative to the newfound success of other countries. And there is tremendous upside to life in a wealthier world: Americans can benefit from better choices and cheaper prices offered by schools and hospitals in rising countries, and, without leaving home, avail themselves of the new inventions and products those countries will produce. The key to thriving in this world is to move past the jeremiads about America's deteriorating status and figure out how best to take advantage of its new role in a multipolar world. A refreshing antidote to prophecies of American decline, The Upside of Down offers a fresh and highly optimistic look at America's future in a wealthier world.
In their days, soundbites had not yet drowned out the authentic voice of the Church and saints could preach boldly and without compromise Her unadulterated, perennial teachings.
Rare are such occasions today, which is why, for your spiritual well-being (and for ours!), we have rescued from obscurity this grand collection of brief but telling passages from so many saints and servants of God, gathering them into 139 vital topics that serve not only as material for daily meditation but also constitute a monumental compendium of Catholic faith and life.
In its nearly 400 eloquent pages, the strong, clear voices of the saints clarify doctrine and instruct in the authentic ways of devotion those who yearn to serve God wholeheartedly.
Before your regular prayers, open for just a few moments My Daily Visit with the Saints or turn to it anytime you can carve out a moment or two for God. Therein you will find prayerful meditations, sure protection against sudden temptations, and lucid answers to sharp questions about the Faith. In a word, this one rich volume will serve you as a deep catechism, a spur to conscience, and a call to prayer.
Let your daily visit with God’s faithful servants breathe into you a strong new spirit of piety and devotion, and bring you the everlasting consolation known only to those who stay close to Jesus in all that they do.
8 Large Sections that cover all major aspects of our Faith:The God’s Attributes, Gifts, and GracesGod the Son and God the Holy SpiritThe Blessed Virgin Mary and Her FeastsThe Holy Mother Church and Her SacramentsThe World and SinThe Vices We Should Flee fromThe Virtues We Should PracticeThe Last Four Things
139 topics that include scores of Scripture quotations and concise meditations on each of the following topics:
Abstinence * Ambition * Anger * The Annunciation * The Ascension * The Assumption * Atheism * Avarice * Baptism * Blasphemy * The Catholic Church * Chastity * The Commandments * Communion * Confession * Confidence in God * Conscience * Dangers of the world * Death * Discord * Envy * The Epiphany * The Eucharist * Fashion * Fasting * Fear of God * Flattery * Friendship * Gambling * Good works * Grace * Habitual Sin * Hardness of Heart * Heaven * Hell * The Hidden life of Jesus * Holiness * The Holy Name of Jesus * The Holy Name of Mary * The Holy Rosary * The Holy Spirit * The Holy Trinity * Human Respect * Humility * Hypocrisy * Idleness * Ignorance * The Immaculate Conception * The Incarnation * The Infancy of Jesus * Intemperance * Jealousy * The Last Judgment * The Law of God * Love of Enemies * Love of God * Love of Neighbor * Lying and Trickery * Marriage * Meditation * Meekness * Mental Prayer * The Mercy of God * Mortal Sin * Obedience * Occasions of Sin * The Particular Judgment * The Passion of Our Lord * Passions * Peace of Soul * Penance * Perseverance * Piety * Poverty * Prayer * Predestination * The Presence of God * The Prosperity of the Wicked * Providence * Prudence * Purgatory * Purity * Rash Judgments * The Resurrection * Retreats * Riches * The Risen Jesus * Salvation * Scandals * Self-love * The Service of God * Slander * Temptations * Theft * The Transfiguration * Venial Sin * The Virgin Mary * The Visitation * Vocation * The Will of God * The Wounds of Jesus * plus many more!
This case illustrates a growing problem: an important and justified focus on corruption as a barrier to development has led to policy change in aid agencies that is damaging the potential for aid to deliver results. Donors have treated corruption as an issue they can measure and improve, and from which they can insulate their projects at acceptable costs by controlling processes and monitoring receipts. Results Not Receipts highlights the weak link between donors’ preferred measures of corruption and development outcomes related to our limited ability to measure the problem. It discusses the costs of the standard anti-corruption tools of fiduciary controls and centralized delivery, and it suggests a different approach to tackling the problem of corruption in development: focus on outcomes.