Sunday, 4 April 2010
However, it is not merely “the cries of the poor” that call out for God’s justice. Equally troublesome is the excesses of consumerism and the “overabundance” of the affluent; the modern-day idolatry that drives markets and motivates individuals and businesses, blinding them to the suffering of the poor and to their own spiritual suffering. Consumerism is a futile attempt to fill our natural longing for the infinite with an infinite amount of what is finite. We substitute fast cars, expensive clothing and large houses for a deep relationship with God. As physical beings we have natural needs which are satisfied by natural things: thirst (water); hunger (food); protection from the elements (shelter). All of these needs are easily satiated. What we perceive as a longing for more things, more money, more of everything, is really our longing for God displaced onto the material world.
[Based on an extract from the booklet Rich and Poor, by Charles Clark and Sr Helen Alford, the latest in the Catholic Social Teaching series from CTS.]
Posted by Stratford Caldecott at 15:24