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Be Careful What You Love

Be careful what you love, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs”. (1Timothy 6:10)  Sadly I have seen many pastors, and church members led astray by the false gospel of prosperity teachings which have polluted the Church for too long! God may allow you to have wealth and for this you may give thanks, but if your heart is desiring money, whether it be for personal needs or some holy enterprise, you are in a very dangerous place. Spurgeon wrote, “I believe that it is anti-Christian and unholy for any Christian to live with the object of accumulating wealth.” But we can be so easily enticed by the love of accumulating money and wealth, that we make up wonderful, even pious stories as to why we must have it. They range from (mis) quoting biblical texts or using biblical texts out of context to downright coercion and blackmail. The love of money can distance us from God. Pope Francis recently spoke of this,   “What happens with money? Money gives you a degree of prosperity in the beginning. Okay … but then you begin to feel important and this is vanity. We read in the Psalm that this is vanity. This vanity is not needed , but you feel like an important person: that is vanity. And the pride of vanity,  pride. Three steps: wealth, vanity and pride. ”

“No one can escape with the money”. However, he noted, “the devil always takes this path of temptation: wealth, to feel sufficient; vanity, to feel important, and, in the end, pride: Pride is his language”.

“But, Father, I read the Ten Commandments and they do not speak ill of money. Against which Commandment do we sin when we do something for money? Against the first! It is the sin of idolatry.  Here’s why: because money becomes the idol you worship! And that is why Jesus tells us:  You can not serve the idol money and the Living God: either one or the other. The early Fathers of the Church – I am speaking of the third century, more or less 200 or 300 AD – used a strong word: ‘ money is the devil’s dung. And it is so, because it makes us idolaters, and sickens our mind with pride and makes us maniacs of idle issues and distances us from the faith, it corrupts ‘ .

 

 

 Be careful what you love!

 

Michael Daly. CJ

November 2013

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1 Comment »

  1. Pope Francis is showing himself to be a wise and loving shepherd to his flock. His warning echoes St Francis and The Gospels and warns us all of a great danger that alas we seldom realise.
    Money brings with it false glamour and the adoration of others but we should recall that Jesus was born, lived and died in poverty and not in splendour and financial safety. We are merely travellers=pilgrims on this earth and must keep our thoughts on Heavenly things rather than manna. The great temptation is If only I had enough . .. .
    I recall that great Saint John Vianney who never spoke of any persons damnation. When one day a great and rich Countess died in Paris his house keeper enquired after so great a personage and the Cure looked at her with very dark eyes; sadly he sighed “There are many poor people in Paris”. His comment echoed Scripture and the Rich that care nothing for the suffering of Joseph. A warning to us all!

    Comment by scampy22 | November 4, 2013 | Reply


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