It’s not easy to determine the best ways to act with kindness and mercy. Of course St. Basil the Great, of the fourth century, saw less grey area. He put it quite simply: “The bread which you do not use is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe is [...]
The follower of Christ doesn’t arm herself, in other words, but rather empties herself. That is what the Son of Man dared to do.
To empty ourselves takes all our hearts, all our minds, all our strength, all our souls, all our love. To empty ourselves is to weep for the unborn, and [...]
Joy is never found in possessing. Sex, power, fame and money are not enough to still the longing within us. Only God is enough. God can’t pour love into a vessel that is already full. When your emotions and desires are moderate it is easier to reach a state of harmony within yourself [...]
When we are enslaved by obsessive desires, we are not free to pray. When our interest in power, money and material things is greater than our longing for God, we are still far from authentic prayer. The deeper we journey into prayer the less interested we are in thoughts rooted in worldly desires [...]
The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly human goal.
~ Pope Francis via The Anchoress
Our obsession with money kills culture. It is the Ultimate Abstraction, a demon that seeks to devour every authentic act of human experience. Anything simply done has the capacity to be done not for itself, but for money.
If authenticity is marketed, sold and negated into fashion, culture is impossible. If the authentic [...]
We spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need to create impressions that won’t last on people we don’t care about.
~Tim Jackson, Prof. Of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey as quoted on the blog Wrestling with Angels…