Friday, March 20, 2009

Thursday Evening Highlight

Upon reading Fulton Sheen's You, I get to chapter "How You Are Re-made?" which has a great ending.
Do not fear God with a servile fear, for perfect love casts out such fear. Be bold enough then to believe that God is on your side, even when you forget to be on His. Live your life not by law, but by love. As St. Augustine put: "Love God and then do whatever you please." For if you love God, you will never do anything to hurt Him or break off relationship with Him - and then you will always be happy.
Furthermore- Pope Benedict had stated:
in his homily, to urge the faithful to imitate that trust in God, rather than submitting to "the tyranny of materialism" or "selfish illusions and false ideals." [...]
Economic development is certainly necessary, the Pope said, but "it is high time to place greater emphasis on this: every human being, every tiny human person, however weak, is created in the image and likeness of God."
Trust in God is a formula for hope, the Pontiff said. He reminded Christians: "Africa is called to hope through you and in you." By the witness of Christians, he proclaimed: "Africa can become the continent of hope!"
Do you think the Holy Father's words "tyranny of materialism" is against those who believe in a free market or those who look to government to intercede and save the economy?


Kevin said...

I don't think it's a criticism of anyones political views, but a criticism of people in general. I'd be interested to know his thought in more detail about what the tyranny of materialism is (A physical quantity of stuff? An attitude toward stuff?). I wonder because the luxuries of today become the human rights of tomorrow.

Ian Dunois said...

Thought you'd like to read what he said about it when he was a Cardinal.

Its not that the Holy Father is against luxuries, but rather the love of; much like money. Having money is not a sin; but the love of money where it is all you want.