Become Spiritually Rich: Your Wordly Possessions Don’t Mean Too Much

Father Jim Hogan’s Weekly Homily drew my mind to this Bible text: “And he said unto them, take heed, and keep yourselves from all covetousness (the immoderate desire for wealth, the greedy longing to have more); for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” (Luke 12:15) What I take away from this is to become spiritually rich during life.

Living in a world that is becoming more and more obsessed with material things, all Catholics need a reminder lest we become one of those people who have (consciously or unconsciously) made worldly possessions their gods–people whose love of worldly attractions have become insatiable.

Obsession with worldly goods and the adulation of personal wealth can draw us away from God. It will keeps us from fulfilling our Christian duties, makes us selfish to the point that we will no longer care about the misfortunes of others and keep us from directing our thoughts to God.

As God’s children who look forward to living with him in heaven, we should focus our minds on the accumulation and possession of heavenly and spiritual riches and not become attached with the false treasures that this world offers. Become spiritually rich and keep that spiritual wealth with you forever.

The Spiritual Desert: A Place of Fulfilled Promises

 I feel utterly blessed to have found and read this post titled “A Survival Guide For The Spiritual Desert.” Here, the writer shares his personal experience with the “deserts” of Christian life. Having gone through an awful lot of trials, the writer asked these questions: “Why is it when we feel like we are at our worst, like we’ve been in a spiritual desert for way, way too long, like we can’t take one more day of this trial, that we don’t get angels coming to minister to us? Instead we meet temptations that cause us to doubt the very core of our identity in God?”

Don’t these questions resonate within you? Because, they do to me. They’re questions I myself have asked a few times in my life, and I have struggled to find answers to these questions before. I have found the answers just as the writer above found his answers–through the life of Jesus Christ. The life of Christ can teach you how to deal with the spiritual desert.

We are tried for a reason. Just as Jesus was brought to a desert to be tempted, we are put through a series of trials to make us stronger. More importantly, to make us see just how faithful God is to his promises (despite and inspite of how we feel about him).

Keeping Your Spiritual Tools Sharp: Saint Anthony and His Lesson

We all know a little bit about Saint Anthony of Padua, like if you need help finding something you pray to him. His patronage is indeed of lost things, but there is another Saint Anthony too. Saint Anthony the Great or Saint Anthony of the Desert is not as well known as Saint Anthony of Padua, but he was just as impressive a person.  Anthony was from a privileged family, but he gave all that up to lead an aesthetic lifestyle. He spent most of his years living in a desert. So much can be learned about Saint Anthony through the writings of Saint Athanasius. Saint Athanasius wrote a book called The Life of Saint Anthony of the Desert and it explains what Saint Anthony learned throughout his long life (105 years).

A post on the Catholic Writers Guild site brought this title and the life of Saint Anthony to my attention. It seems that Saint Anthony learned how the devil tricks humans into losing their faith. He banks on the human imperfection and flaw to come through, and this is where we must not give in. Anthony discovered the best defense against this was to keep your ways of judging things sharp. Be able to discern between reality and perception, and have faith in God.