"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other,
or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and money."
Whatever dominates our spirit, our heart, we manifest it in our lives,
it becomes our lives.
If the spirit and mind is focused on either accumulating wealth, or always
looking for monetary gain, because it gets satisfaction from it,
the heart will not be able to fully, truly love another person, because that
space is already occupied. Love of money is an evil spirit, a mortal sin.
The Church has very many devoted practicing Catholics who would not dream
of giving up their comfortable life styles, living securely in accumulated
wealth that they have always kept foremost in their minds throughout their lives.
They might be very active in the Church, doing a lot of things, even taking on a
lot of responsibilities, but their spirit is worldly and not Christian.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or
about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more
than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away
in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable
than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
We need money to live, but as long as we have enough, why would we occupy
the mind with thinking about having more?
We are called to love each other to the point of actually giving our lives.
Jesus did it for all humanity, for the remission of our sins, He took our sins
upon Himself, He suffered an atrocious death in order to redeem those who
believe in Him, Jesus who is true God and true Man. A real Man,
but totally without sin; God.
But what is Man?"What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
You have made them, a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!"
Psalm 8, 4-9
"Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness,
so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky,
over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures
that move along the ground.
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them".
For us humans serving and loving God means serving and loving each
All my life I searched for God, I was in search of love, which I sought in the
institution that God established on earth; the Sacrament of Marriage.
My heart could not have been more devoted.
When we had children, the idea of handing them over to a stranger to look
after them so I could go out and earn money, when we had enough to live,
never occurred to me. Nothing was more important to me than looking after
But when the money became more plentiful things changed, and with the
added curse and killer of souls; alcohol addiction, it became difficult.
I wanted his love, I begged for it, but between his need for alcohol and his
focus on money, he knew he was unable to give it, so his solution was to tell
me "to go and live my own life, do whatever I wanted, but we stay together
in the same house".
No man who has any love for his wife would say such a thing.
He eventually acquired the whole house, in addition to properties
in 2 other countries. I did not get my fair share, but I got
what is important to me; the love between myself and my adult children.
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who
loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not
know God, because God is love.
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son
into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God,
but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is
made complete in us."
(1 John 7-12)
"Catholic guilt" is an expression that many people think is something
unnatural and exaggerated in a Catholic who lives according to the
commandments and dogma of the Church.
In reality it is that the person has a truly informed conscience, and can
actually see and feel the true horror of his or her sins, the real consequences
and damages they cause. The guilt we feel is well founded and justified.
And that is why we cannot live without the graces received in the
Sacrament of Confession,
because there our sins are forgiven and the stains of them removed.
So if we were able to remove all sin in us, who would we be like?
Christmas Day – God became man so that men might become gods
O Christian, remember your dignity, and now that you share in God’s own nature, do not return by sin to your former base condition. Bear in mind who is your head and of whose body you are a member. Do not forget that you have been rescued from the power of darkness and brought into the light of God’s kingdom.
From the Dominican Friars England, Wales and Scotland website