Hey there my friend!
First things first, happy Holy Week!
I LOVE Holy Week. I love all the pomp and incense and long services and drama. I just LOVE IT. Isn’t it so great to be Catholic and belong to a church that really lets us enter into the Passion each and every year? Praise be to God!
On a much smaller note, the latest episode of the Podcast is up and ready for you. The episode discusses the vice of GREED and is the final episode in our Lenten Series on the Podcast that has looked closely at each of the seven vices. All of these episodes have drawn wisdom from the incredible book Victory over Vice by Fulton Sheen.
Fulton Sheen uses Jesus’ final words on the cross, “Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.” as the starting point for this whole discussion on Greed.
Now, I have to be honest. I didn’t think there would be anything that would surprise me too much on the topic of Greed. Greed feels like the least sexy of all the vices, at least to me. It’s public, it’s ugly…but is it really all that bad?
Turns out yes, Greed is very bad–and it, more than any other vice it seems, will keep us out of Heaven.
Fulton Sheen points out that Greed gets in the way of our ability to trust in God’s Providence. Instead, we trust in STUFF and in OURSELVES.
Also, Greed, or love of things of the world, attaches us to this world. When we approach death, if we are greedy, we will have a very hard time entering Heaven because we are so attached to this world. On the contrary, a person who has embraced poverty will fly to Heaven because they have nothing holding them to this earth.
Part of this discussion is the idea that we were never meant to be perfectly happy on Earth. Through money and things we TRY to make ourselves happy…but we are always disappointed because we can only be fully satisfied in God.
So much more on this topic. So click over and have a listen.
Once again, thanks for being part of this Lenten series, and have a very holy Holy Week!
Your sister in Christ,