The culture of prosperity deadens us

To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase. In the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.

~ Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

December 5th, 2013|Charity, Poverty|3 Comments

Receive it humbly and thankfully

If God sends you adversity, receive it humbly and thankfully; think that you have deserved it, and that it is for your good. If He sends you prosperity, thank Him for it and beware of giving way to pride; for we ought not to use God’s gifts as arms against Him.

~ St. Louis King and Tertiary

November 28th, 2013|Uncategorized|2 Comments

When the possessions get in the way

The world tells us to want more and more, and praises us when we acquire it. It holds us up as winners of life’s lottery and of the American Dream. But when the possessions get in the way of our ability to develop a living relationship with God, we have lost a great deal to these empty, pretty idols of prosperity, which we have allowed to stand before him.

~ Elizabeth Scalia, Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life

November 15th, 2013|Poverty, Simplicity|5 Comments

Suffering doesn’t preclude joy

And I actually don’t believe there IS “more.” There are different variations–a parent with children, a monk, an artist, a workman or workwoman; any of the innumerable vocations of the follower of Christ–but there is nothing deeper on this earth, no higher calling, than descending into the suffering heart of humanity: ours and everyone else’s. Suffering doesn’t preclude joy; it precludes any kind of facile “prosperity Gospel.”

Christ said “Blessed are the poor in spirit” because the poor in spirit have tapped into the mother lode of goodness, beauty, compassion, truth, and as I always say, humor…

via  SHIRT OF FLAME: THE LEPER IN ME (comments section)

August 6th, 2013|suffering|1 Comment

St. Francis anticipated…

He may say (what means very little) that St. Francis was in advance of his age. He may say (what is quite true) that St. Francis anticipated all that is most liberal and sympathetic in the modern mood; the love of nature; the love of animals; the sense of social compassion; the sense of the spiritual dangers of prosperity and even of property.

~G.K. Chesterton, St. Francis of Assisi

August 26th, 2012|love, Nature, St. Francis of Assisi (about him)|0 Comments