Skip to comments.Pope: Resist "Idols" Of Money,Power,Pleasure
Posted on 07/24/2013 9:47:54 AM PDT by Biggirl
APARECIDA, Brazil (AP) -- Pope Francis urged Catholics to resist the "ephemeral idols" of money, power and pleasure in celebrating the first public Mass of his initial international foreign journey as pontiff during an emotional visit to one of the most important shrines in Latin America.
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Some pleasures are Biblical, like sex within marriage. If fact, God wants husbands and wives to enjoy sex.
Rather, it is making the gifts God gives you into a false god above the TRUE GOD.
Great message for the youth (and me too!).
"It is true that nowadays, to some extent, everyone including our young people feels attracted by the many idols which take the place of God and appear to offer hope: money, success, power, pleasure," he said. "Often a growing sense of loneliness and emptiness in the hearts of many people leads them to seek satisfaction in these ephemeral idols."
This is about as old and venerable a homily as possible. Humans have ALWAYS and ALWAYS competed for the scare resources of fame, money, power and status. That is a basic of sociology.
It is all still true, isn't it?
Reminds me of all my “virtues” links.
The four Cardinal virtues, from ancient Greek philosophy, are Prudence, Justice, Temperance (or Restraint), and Courage (or Fortitude).
The three Theological virtues, from the letters of St. Paul of Tarsus, are Faith, Hope, and Charity (or Love). These were adopted by the Church Fathers as the Seven Virtues
They sound good to me. The toughest one to follow is, of course, LOVE.
Love thy neighbor is HARD to do, often. :o)
You got it.
Every once in a while, I'm on the money. I think it's the Blue Moon syndrome. :o)
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