"Christ lives, he has overcome death, he has overcome all these powers. We live in this certainty, in this freedom, and in this joy." (Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, 12 XI 2008)
"Do not accept anything as the truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love which lacks the truth! One without the other becomes a destructive lie." (Blessed John Paul II, Canonisation of Edith Stein, 11 X 1998)

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Why the "Good News"

(taken from "Subversive Othodoxy" by Robert Inchausti)
It isn't because resources are scarce that we require large-scale economies and factories; it is because our wants are unlimited. And our wants are unlimited because our modern desires are not reflections of real needs so much as they are attempts to gain privilege and status by acquiring what we think other people want to possess. Economic ills are not entirely problems of material development; many of them simply reflect a alck of spiritual serenity and self-acceptance. The poor of this world are suffering - not only from a lack of land and capital but also from a failure to grasp what it is that would actually make them happy and thereby independent from the powers that be. This is the reason why the Gospels are "good news" to the poor: they reveal the essential emptiness of worldly prestige and replace it with the true joy of the beloved community.

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