Pope denounces ‘poison’ of consumerism in ‘society based on profit’ | CatholicHerald.co.uk

Pope denounces ‘poison’ of consumerism in ‘society based on profit’ | CatholicHerald.co.uk.

From the article:

Pope Francis said: “The encounter with the living Jesus, in the great family that is the church, fills the heart with joy, because it fills it with true life, a profound goodness that does not pass away or decay.

“But this experience must face the daily vanity, the poison of emptiness that insinuates itself into our society based on profit and having (things), that deludes young people with consumerism,” he said.

I once fell into that trap – chasing material possessions.  Pursuit of material possessions can become a slavery in itself, never being satisfied.

Pope Francis explains very well where true happiness comes from:

“True wealth is the love of God, shared with one’s brothers, that love that comes from God and makes us share among ourselves, and makes us help one another. He who experiences this does not fear death, and receives peace of heart.”

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1 Response to Pope denounces ‘poison’ of consumerism in ‘society based on profit’ | CatholicHerald.co.uk

  1. Lydia says:

    I agree with both you and the Pope 😉 The more things you buy the more things you want and the emptier you feel. I recently got an iPhone for the first time because we were switching companies and my old phone was 4 years old. It will be hard to go back because it really is helpful. As time goes on and your standard of living is increased by all these gadgets you feel you need them and it can make it harder to let God in your life. I just finished reading Al Kresta’s book “Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st-Century Opponents” http://j.mp/OSVKrestaDTF and the last section deals with consumerism. I think that out of all the “opponents” the Church has (Islam, New Age, relativism, belief in science not God, etc.) consumerism can be the most deadly because of its seductive nature. It appeals to our ego, our vanity and we rely on it constantly. It takes a lot of prayer and self-control to see what we need, not just want.

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