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Pope: Cupidity destroys relations between people and leads to idolatry
Asia News ^ | 10/21/2013

Posted on 10/21/2013 3:45:57 AM PDT by markomalley

Cupidity, being attached to money, destroys relationships between people and, in the end, " is a tool of idolatry , because it takes the path contrary to the one God has taken with us" "Jesus Christ, who was rich, became poor to make us rich ." And the right path is not "the path of poverty for poverty's sake" but "the path of poverty as an instrument, so that God be God" because "all the goods that we posses were given us by the Lord to make the world go round, humanity progress, to help, to help others".

Pope Francis spoke about our correct relationship with "material goods" during mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta , commenting on today's Gospel , in which a man asks Jesus to intervene to resolve a matter of inheritance with his brother.

As published by Vatican Radio in Italian, the Pope noted that the problem of the relationship with money "is an every day problem. How many families have we seen destroyed by money problems: brother against brother, father against son ... This is the first thing that this attitude of being attached to money does, it destroys! When a person is attached to money, he destroys himself , he destroys his family ! Money destroys! It does! Being too attached to it. Money is needed to do good things, many tasks to develop humanity, but when your heart is too attached to it, it will destroy you".

Jesus tells the parable of the rich man, who lives to accumulate "treasure for himself " and "is not enriched by God ." Jesus warns the people to stay away from all covetousness, "That's what does wrong: cupidity in my relationship with money. Wanting more, more, more ... It leads to idolatry, it destroys relationships with others! Not the money, but the attitude, which is called cupidity. This cupidity will also make you sick, because it makes you think of everything in terms of money. It destroys you and makes you sick ... In the end - and this is the most important thing - greed is a tool of idolatry, because takes the path contrary to the one God has taken with us. St. Paul tells us that Jesus Christ, who was rich, became poor to enrich us. That is the path of God, humility, bending down to serve. Instead cupidity leads you on the opposite path: you, who are a poor man, make yourself God out of vanity. This is idolatry".

This is why Jesus says such "hard, strong things against this attachment to money. He tells us that you can not serve two masters: either God or money. He tells us not to worry, that the Lord knows what we need," and invites us to "trusting abandonment to the Father, who makes the lilies bloom in the field and feeds the birds". The rich man in the parable continues to think only of wealth, but God says, "You fool, this night your life will be demanded". "This path contrary to the path of God is foolishness, it takes you away from life, it destroys all human fraternity".

"The Lord teaches us the path to take: it is not the path of poverty for poverty's sake. No. It is the path of poverty as an instrument, so that God is God, because He is the only Lord, not the idol of gold! And all the goods that we have, the Lord gives them to us to make the world go round, so humanity can progress, to help, to help others. May the Word of the Lord remain in our hearts: 'Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions. '"


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1 posted on 10/21/2013 3:45:57 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
This cupidity will also make you sick, because it makes you think of everything in terms of money.

Very true.

2 posted on 10/21/2013 3:57:25 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("The heart of the matter is God's love. It always has been. It always will be."~Abp. Chaput)
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Vatican Radio's translation:

Greed, attachment to money, destroys people, destroys families and relationships with others: That was Pope Francis’ message this morning during Mass in Santa Marta. The invitation is not to choose poverty per se, but to use the wealth that God gives us to help those in need.

Commenting on the day’s Gospel, in which a man asks Jesus to intervene to resolve a problem of inheritance with his brother, the Pope spoke about the problem of our relationship with money:

“This is a day-to-day problem. How many families have we seen destroyed by the problem of money? Brother against brother, father against son. This is the first result that this attitude of being attached to money does: it destroys! When a person is attached to money, he destroys himself, he destroys the family. Money destroys! It does, doesn’t it? It binds you. Money serves to bring about many good things, so many works for human development, but when your heart is attached in this way, it destroys you.”

Jesus tells the parable of the rich man who lives to gather “treasures for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.” Jesus’ warning is to stay away from any kind of greed:

“That’s what does harm: greed in my relationship with money. Having more, having more, having more... It leads you to idolatry, it destroys your relationship with others. It’s not money, but the attitude, what we call greed. Then too this greed makes you sick, because it makes you think of everything in terms of money. It destroys you, it makes you sick. And in the end – this is the most important thing – greed is an instrument of idolatry because it goes along a way contrary to what God has done for us. Saint Paul tells us that Jesus Christ, who was rich, made Himself poor to enrich us. That is the path of God: humility, to lower oneself in order to serve. Greed, on the other hand, takes us on a contrary path: You, who are a poor human, make yourself God for vanity’s sake. It is idolatry!”

This is the reason, the Pope continued, why Jesus says things “so hard, so strong against this attachment to money. He tells us that you can’t serve two masters: both God and money. He tells us not to worry, that God knows what we need” and He invites us “to trusting abandonment to the Father, who makes the lilies of the field flower, and feeds the birds.” The rich man of the parable continues to think only of his riches, but God says to him: “You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you!” “This path is contrary to the path of God,” the Pope concluded. “It is foolishness, it takes you far from life, it destroys all human fraternity”:

“The Lord teaches us the path: not the path of poverty for poverty’s sake. No! It is the way of poverty as an instrument, so that God may be God, so that He will be the only Lord! Not the golden idols! And all the goods that we have, the Lord gives them to us to advance the world, to advance humanity, to help, to help others. Today may the Word of the Lord remain in our hearts: “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”


3 posted on 10/21/2013 4:16:41 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

So, when will Pope Francis put all the Vatican gold, jewels and property up for sale and give the proceeds to the poor?


4 posted on 10/21/2013 4:54:03 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee

The primary consideration of the art and finery in the Vatican is to lead the minds of those who see it to God. No action is allowed that distances those things from this purpose.

To that end, note the following:

1. Much of the art was given by the artists on the condition that it would be displayed to believers, and as such the Vatican is not at liberty to sell it.

2. To whom would they sell it? That stuff is not meant to sit collecting dust in a private collection, and anyone who would buy it should immediately re-donate it back to where he got it, so you end up as you started.

Your criticism is exactly that to which the Pope is referring when he spoke against “Poverty for poverty’s sake”. You are thinking that the only value of a thing is what someone will pay for it, when the real value is what it means as reminders of the Kingdom of God. Not that you are alone. There are many people who know the cost of a thing without knowing the value of a thing.


5 posted on 10/21/2013 6:06:47 AM PDT by Seraphicaviary (St. Michael is gearing up. The angels are on the ready line.)
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To: Seraphicaviary; txrefugee
Indeed, as Pope Francis just mentioned, "This cupidity will also make you sick, because it makes you think of everything in terms of money.
6 posted on 10/21/2013 6:13:24 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("The heart of the matter is God's love. It always has been. It always will be."~Abp. Chaput)
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To: txrefugee

It isn’t his personal property; it belongs to the whole church, and by extension, all of mankind. What you’re proposing is a violation of his fiduciary responsibility and tantamount to stealing.


7 posted on 10/21/2013 6:32:18 AM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: markomalley

Well now, I learned a new vocabulary word today: cupidity.

All I could think of was Valentine’s Day.


8 posted on 10/21/2013 3:22:06 PM PDT by piusv
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To: markomalley

How is worshipping jesus NOT idolatrous? G-d Himself has made it very clear that He is the only one who should be worshipped and that He alone is the savior who shares His Glory with no one and that He has no equal.


9 posted on 10/21/2013 8:31:22 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Stop the world I want to get off.)
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