November 25

Reflection

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 toward “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 lifestyles in which the quest for truth, beauty and communion with others for the sake of common growth are the factors which determine consumer choices, savings and investments.   In this regard, it is not a matter of the duty of charity alone, that is the duty to give from one’s abundance, and sometimes even out of one’s needs in order to provide what is essential for the life of a poor person.

                                                                                                  John Paul II

Prayer

Lord, help me to see beyond my own comfort to the needs of others.

Action

How often am I seduced by the ads of this consumer driven society? Do I consider a better use of my abundance than the latest extra new item ?

Suggested Reading

Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me…For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.” They also will answer, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?” He will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”
Matthew 25:41-46

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
Maya Angelou

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

From caring comes courage.
Lao Tzu

Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.
Anthony J. D’Angelo

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.
Mahatma Gandhi

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.
Horace Mann

Greed, envy, sloth, pride and gluttony: these are not vices anymore. No, these are marketing tools. Lust is our way of life. Envy is just a nudge towards another sale. Even in our relationships we consume each other, each of us looking for what we can get out of the other. Our appetites are often satisfied at the expense of those around us. In a dog-eat-dog world we lose part of our humanity.”
Jon Foreman

A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.
Richard Whately

It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
Thoreau

Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed.
Albert Einstein

 

 

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