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The Seven Deadly Sins: Greed

February 22, 2018 7 Comments
The Seven Deadly Sins: Greed

One of the more underreported sins is greed. It is easy to conclude that greed is something manifested by “that other person,” who has more than I do. Yes, that rich guy over there, the one who earns a dollar more per hour than I do; he’s greedy, but I’m not. Honestly, does any one of […]

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Greed: A Meditation on an Underreported Sin

July 20, 2017 11 Comments
Greed: A Meditation on an Underreported Sin

One of the more underreported sins is greed. It is easy to conclude that greed is something manifested by “that other person,” who has more than I do. Yes, that rich guy over there, the one who earns a dollar more per hour than I do; he’s greedy, but I’m not. But honestly, does any one […]

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On the Bondage of Abundance and the Freedom of Poverty and Simplicity

November 26, 2013 6 Comments
On the Bondage of Abundance and the Freedom of Poverty and Simplicity

In the Gospel from Monday, Jesus praises a woman who gives from her substance: He noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her […]

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Investment Advice from St Basil the Great

August 4, 2013 8 Comments
Investment Advice from St Basil the Great

Sunday’s Gospel on generosity and the need to renounce greed, is reflection worth continuing. Last week in the Breviary St. Basil the Great (in Hom. De caritate, 3, 6: PG 31, 266-267, 275) provided a reflection that amounts to an investment strategy not just for the near future of old age, but for eternity. Challenging […]

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You Can’t Take it with You, But You Can Send it on Ahead! Five teachings on Wealth from the Gospel of the 18th Sunday of the Year.

August 3, 2013 21 Comments
You Can’t Take it with You, But You Can Send it on Ahead! Five teachings on Wealth from the Gospel of the 18th Sunday of the Year.

The Gospel today is not merely a warning against greed, it is an instruction on income and wealth given by Jesus to help us root out greed. As the Gospel opens the problem of greed is presented, and then a prescribed perspective about wealth is offered. Lets take a look at both parts of this […]

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On the self-consuming caused by Greed, as seen in a humorous video

July 19, 2013 17 Comments
On the self-consuming caused by Greed, as seen in a humorous video

The humorous video below well illustrates some of the following lines from the Book of Ecclesiastes: The fool folds his arms and consumes his own flesh. Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and a chasing after the wind….Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their […]

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On the Connection between Greed, Theft and Sexual Immorality

April 11, 2011 70 Comments

Over the years, as I have taught on the matter of sexual morality, to both young people and also couples getting ready for marriage, I have noticed a pattern in the Biblical texts: sexual immorality is quite often linked or closely associated with references to greed and theft. This link has become clearer and more […]

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You Can’t Take It With You But You Can Send It On Ahead

July 31, 2010 7 Comments

The Gospel for today’s Mass contains some very clear instructions about Income that we do well to heed. Most of us think of money, income, and wealth as a great blessing. To be sure money is a necessary part of life. Without it our very life can be in danger for want of food, clothing […]

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