In God We *should* Trust
I saw a clip of our usually calm, smooth President responding to those who question all his stimulus spending plans.
He flipped back, in a sarcastic tone, that spending was the point, spending was stimulus!
Granted, the guy must be up against tremendous pressure. But, in reading St. Luke's Gospel with my 6th grade son today and sharing the Navarre notes on chapter 12 with him, I was struck by this...
Quoted from Paul VI Populorum progressio, 19 -
"...man's stupidity consisted in making material possession his only aim in life and his only insurance policy. It is lawful for a person to want to own what he needs for living, but if possession of material resources becomes an absolute, it spells the ultimate destruction of the individual and of society. Increased possession is not the ultimate goal of nations nor of individuals....it imprisons man if he considers it the supreme good, and it restricts his vision. Then we see hearts harden and minds close....Both for nations and for individuals, avarice is the most evident form of moral underdevelopment."
And the car commercials are now saying, "Buy a Hyundai and if you lose your job this year, you can return it!" (Just get us your money quick, before it's gone!) My email is loaded with catalog companies offering me "stimulus check coupons" to save $10 or more shopping with them. Aren't we just feeding a vicious cycle?
Will shopping really SAVE us?
Hasn't this worship of a money god deceived us into believing we "deserved" what we couldn't afford? Hasn't it confused our "wants" from "needs?" Has it made us more moral? Or, are our commercials to buy just slick with sexual tones serving up the self-gratifying vice we know it to be deep down?
Yes, I think we are morally underdeveloped. And we do need REAL change, the kind that will bring hardship because what is good for us is often difficult. We need to worship a god other than our own intellect, a god other than money. Can we really hinge it all on continuing to buy and spend on the temporal world? On Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, we will be reminded that it is all DUST......
"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Luke 12:34
Lord, let me fix my heart, my HOPE on heaven. Let me live simply and for You, not ensnared in the trappings and materialism of this world.
HOPE, the Catechism says, "is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ's promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit. "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful."84 "The Holy Spirit . . . he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life."
WHAT do I really NEED?