Friday, June 21, 2013

Studies have shown that the more income a person has, the less percentage of money he gives to the poor. Why?

"How mistaken are the great majority of men! If they are rich, they at once desire honors; and if these are obtained, they are still unhappy; for never can that heart be satisfied which seeks anything but God." - Zélie Guérin Martin, mother of St. Therese of Lisieux

Gospel Text: (MT 6:19-23)
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

“The lamp of the body is the eye.
If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.
And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”

What is our treasure?

The answer is found by looking at the compass of our heart. In what direction is our heart pointing? Where is our heart fixed?

Perhaps it's your career, your house, your car, your possessions, your family or your reputation. What is that we love the most?

It is so easy to get caught up in materialism, careerism and other “ism's” that plague our modern culture. When we measure success on the basis of accumulated value, prominence, fame and other transitory values we can come up short in the things that really matter.

Let us be sincere and honest with ourselves. Good Christians must honestly study and labor to make a living, to raise a family, to insure their future and a peaceful life when old, and they must also work with an aim to help others … All this is, indeed, are characteristics of a good Christian. But, if what you are looking for, is to have more and more all the time, placing your heart in those riches, forgetting any good action, drawing a blank upon the fact we are here just provisionally, that our life is just a passing shadow, is it not true —then— that our eye is in darkness, «how dark will the darkest part of you be?» (Mt 6:23).

As Dr. Suess wrote in his little book, "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

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