The Power of Money
In this highly capitalistic society, money dictates the rules and profit seems to be the highest priority, putting fundamental human values of solidarity and justice at the margins of our daily living. However, money in itself is not evil. We all need money to meet our daily needs, provide for our families, and carry out our different fronts of mission, ad intra and ad extra, in the Church. What is malignant is the desire to accumulate, ignoring the needs of others in the process, and the unscrupulous usury of money in fake charity, exploiting the poor even further. Money has the power to corrupt, harden, and even destroy our hearts, taking away the credibility of our being Church. However, it also has the power to rebuild lives, restore dignity, and bring back the joy of a decent human life to millions who are deprived of it by poverty, exploitation, and oppression. We are called to be a "Church of the Poor," good stewards and not owners of the blessings received.
Money, as depicted in media, is the root of evil. Even Jesus, during His public ministry, went head on against the evils of money. Money, however, has a positive side to it, especially if it is used to feed the hungry and to aid those who need it the most. Digging deeper into Jesus’ teachings helps us to understand that it is not the evil of money itself that we are up against, but our desire to accumulate more, as well as our failure to distinguish what matters more in life… and after this life.
|What does it profit one?|
In a highly-capitalistic society such as ours, it seems that making a profit is the end-goal of everyone who possesses money. History has been witness to this, prompting even the major religions to lay down rules to discourage profiteering. It is, therefore, very odd to encounter persons or groups who lend out money to...
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In many of his pronouncements, Pope Francis has constantly clamored for a “church of the poor.” Although many members of the clergy and laity are beginning to follow the Holy Father’s lead, many are still confused about which direction the Church should take because of the existing structures and values within th...
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It was Saint Daniel Comboni himself who started making use of the press for the cause of the Missions. His legacy has remained with the Comboni Missionaries and it is at the origin of the network of about thirty missionary magazines, both for adults and youth, with more than 500,000 copies printed monthly, all over the...
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Its purpose is to foster spiritual communion with the missionaries, support the different missionary activities, and help in the formation of new missionaries. With your offering, you share in the work of evangelization the Comboni Missionaries are doing in four continents.
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