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Pope: Culture of economic comfort deprives us of closeness to the Lord

Catholic family life
'No, no, not more than one child, because otherwise we will not be able to go on holiday, we will not be able to go out, we will not be able to buy a house.' It’s all very well to follow the Lord, but only up to a certain point. This is what economic well-being does to us: we all know what well-being is, but it deprives us of courage, of the courage we need to get close to Jesus. This is the first richness of the culture of today, the culture of economic well-being.
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He is the Lord of time; we are the masters of the moment. Why? Because we are in command of the moment: I will follow the Lord up to this point, and then I will see… I heard of a man who wanted to become a priest - but only for ten years, not any longer… Attraction for the provisional: this is a richness. We want to become masters of time, we live for the moment. These two riches are the ones that, in this moment, prevent us from going forward. I think of so many men and women who have left their land to work throughout their lives as missionaries: that is definitive!.
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Before Jesus’ invitation, before these two cultural riches, let us think of the disciples: they were disconcerted. We too can be disconcerted by Jesus’ request. When Jesus explained something, people listened in amazement. Let us ask the Lord to give us the courage to go forward, to rid ourselves of this culture of economic well-being, hoping in time – at the end of the journey where He awaits us. Not with the small hope of the moment that will no longer be of any use. And so be it.
Franciscus
May 27, 2013

6 comments:

Steve Calovich said...

Let us rather be led by the successor of Peter to rediscover the devotion of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which was given to us at Fatima as the only remedy for the ills of the time in which we live.

Long-Skirts said...

Pope Franciscus said:

"o, no, not more than one child, because otherwise we will not be able to go on holiday, we will not be able to go out, we will not be able to buy a house.'"

SOLA
SCRIPTURA

The rich man says,
"The eye of the needle
Was an entrance into the town."

The rich man says,
"Onan's sin wasn't spilling
…just not making Tamar round."

The rich man says,
"He came to make Heaven
For all of us here on earth."

The rich man says,
"That our daily bread
Is enough if we don't over-birth."

The rich man says,
"Peace on earth goodwill
Towards all mankind."

But the poor Man said,
"There's only peace
Where men of goodwill you find.”

And then the poor Man
Died on the cross
So grace would abound - no dearth.

But the rich man says,
"That's why I'm so rich…
He died for MY virgin berth!"

Alan Aversa said...

I can't wait for the promulgation of Pope Francis's encyclical on poverty.

Gratias said...

If Pope Francis wants to observe large Catholic families he should attend a traditional Catholic Latin Mass. Any Una Voce mass would do. There, a great secret ingredient is that all receive communion on their knees, which causes the Faith to shine brighter.

Erin Pascal said...

"Let us ask the Lord to give us the courage to go forward, to rid ourselves of this culture of economic well-being, hoping in time – at the end of the journey where He awaits us.." This is a very good message and a very beautiful prayer. It's very good to hear that He is there waiting for us at the end of our journey. Thank you for sharing this and may God bless you!

Mike said...

I agree, Erin Pascal. A vital message indeed, and a beautiful prayer. It is tremendously encouraging and consoling that the Holy Father consistently addresses the demonic culture of greed that defines corporatism and its allies, decimating daily the bodies and souls of the poor and middle class. It is a system of extinction in dire opposition to the Gospel, and it seems the wealthiest nations are the slowest to recognise this. With his incomparable off-the-cuff homilies, it seems the Holy Father is beginning a work of exorcism of an even subtler kind. May God and Our Lady bless him richly.