Engaging Faith | Mon, Oct 5, 2015
Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time [b]
October 11, 2015
Mark 10:17-30 or 10:17-27
October 11: 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council
October 12: “Columbus Day” in the United States
October 12: Thanksgiving in Canada
October 15: International Day of Rural Women http://bit.ly/1pGRVhh
October 16: World Food Day http://bit.ly/1lVpffA
October 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty http://bit.ly/1Ccqf8F
October 18: World Mission Sunday
A Christian who is too attached to riches has lost his way.
-Pope Francis @Pontifex Aug 25, 2015
It is not wrong to want to live better; what is wrong is a style of life which is presumed to be better when it is directed towards "having" rather than "being", and which wants to have more, not in order to be more but in order to spend life in enjoyment as an end in itself. It is therefore necessary to create life-styles in which the quest for truth, beauty, goodness and communion with others for the sake of common growth are the factors which determine consumer choices, savings and investments.
-John Paul II, Centesius Annus, 36
The rush and pressure of modern life are a form of its innate violence. To allow myself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns. To surrender to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything...is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of the activist...destroys the fruitfulness of one's own work because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.
-Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
Do not let a desire for wealth cause you to become so consumed by your work that you prevent happiness for yourself and your family.
-Thich Nhat Hanh, Old Path White Clouds
The misuse and destruction of the environment are also accompanied by a relentless process of exclusion. In effect, a selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity leads both to the misuse of available natural resources and to the exclusion of the weak and disadvantaged, either because they are differently abled (handicapped), or because they lack adequate information and technical expertise, or are incapable of decisive political action. Economic and social exclusion is a complete denial of human fraternity and a grave offense against human rights and the environment. The poorest are those who suffer most from such offenses, for three serious reasons: they are cast off by society, forced to live off what is discarded and suffer unjustly from the abuse of the environment. They are part of today’s widespread and quietly growing “culture of waste”.
-Pope Francis, at the United Nations, September 25, 2015
Thoughts for Your Consideration
The first reading from the book of Wisdom reminds us that the purpose of our life is not the accumulation of wealth. There are values that are more important than money, riches, and power. We are invited instead to base our life on that wisdom that is God and on that Spirit that invites us to something more. We are called not to accumulate things for ourselves, but to live in community and respect the common good. We are invited to consider how the prevalence of consumerism and materialism in our culture gets in the way of the Christian life and even basic happiness. Our social teaching even invites us to make a special option for the poor, to respect the environment, and to focus on the common good of all.
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