I was still thinking about our last blog post when a blog by Fr. Stephen Freeman popped up in my feed: Strange That Our Money Says: In God We Trust. He takes a look at current American culture, including the development of the Middle Class, and contrasts it with biblical mandates and the teaching and practices of saints throughout the history of the Church. We have many warnings about the potential traps of wealth, including St. Clement calling wealth a "dangerous and deadly disease."
He wraps up with a remedy:
My own take regarding this is that we should pursue a persistent generosity and resist our urges towards ever greater ownership. A simple means of renouncing wealth is to confess that we own nothing, but only have the use of our goods for a short time. The Christian attitude towards wealth in the early centuries threatened the very halls of empire. The gospel has not changed.
- written by Timm Wenger