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On the Paradoxical Freedom of Poverty

September 13, 2017 2 Comments
On the Paradoxical Freedom of Poverty

There is a saying that you cannot steal from a man who has nothing and you cannot threaten a man who has nothing to lose. Of Jesus, the Son of Man who had nowhere to lay his head (Matt 8:20), this was surely true. The world had no claim on Him, nothing with which to […]

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Poverty, Anyone? Why the First Evangelical Counsel Is a Gift for Us All

August 16, 2015 16 Comments
Poverty, Anyone? Why the First Evangelical Counsel Is a Gift for Us All

There are three evangelical counsels in Christianity: poverty, chastity, and obedience. Each, of course, presents challenges, but all are rooted in a similar goal: detachment. In obedience, God gives us the grace to free ourselves from pride and willfulness. In chastity, God gives us the grace to order and moderate our sexual passions according to […]

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On the Paradoxical Freedom of Poverty as Taught by St. John Chrysostom

June 25, 2014 4 Comments
On the Paradoxical Freedom of Poverty as Taught by St. John Chrysostom

There is a saying that you cannot steal from a man who has nothing, and you cannot threaten a man who has nothing to lose. Of Jesus, the Son of Man who had no where to lay his head (Matt 8:20), this was surely true. The world had no claim on him, nothing to hook […]

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On the Poverty of the First Christmas and the Gift to Love the Poor

December 18, 2011 20 Comments

One of the great gifts to be sought at Christmas is to experience an increase in our love the poor. Poverty, it is true, remains a complicated and vexing problem, especially in modern market based economies. Linked to poverty are complicated social issues such as addiction, single motherhood and the unintended though real consequences of […]

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On Being Poor in America: Recent Data Reveal Some Surprising Facts

August 9, 2011 46 Comments
On Being Poor in America: Recent Data Reveal Some Surprising Facts

I have been reading a rather lengthy report on poverty in America written by Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield of the Heritage Foundation. The Full and lengthy report is here: What is Poverty in America Today? I am going to present some excerpts here. The authors  use substantial data from the Census Bureau and the […]

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Remembering the Hidden Costs of Our Affluence

March 23, 2011 28 Comments

Though we are in tough economic times we Americans live very well. Even the poorest among us live like royalty compared to the poor in many other parts of the world. And we do well, especially in Lent, to recall that our standard of living is partially possible because others work for pennies to produce […]

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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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The Strangest Idol of All

February 13, 2010 65 Comments

There is a passage in the Gospels that breaks conventions and cuts to the core of what has come to be called the “Social Gospel.”  Before looking at the passage we need to define “Social Gospel.” The phrase “Social Gospel” emerged in the Protestant denominations but has also come to be used in Catholic circles […]

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