Saint Augustine said the devil attacks us through greed and fear. When we don’t have possessions we pursue them (with greed). Yet, when we have accumulated possessions, we choke on the fear of losing them.
Throughout our lives, we often form these mental impressions that the devil is “personified” taking the form of a person. But yet the devil’s work can be found when we exercise feelings like greed. But fear as well can be an overwhelming feeling, and can be the work of the devil.
As human beings, we become weak and open to the worries that come along with fear. Those fear-driven decisions can often wind up being disasters. Isn’t worrying about what others may say, or what others may think always driven by fear? Why do we worry about things we cannot control?
We’ve all heard greed is the root of evil — because greed blocks our view (our path) to charity. On the flip side, charity is the root of all that is good.
Jesus told this parable:
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’
But God said to him,‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.”
Greed really IS a silly vice, and Saint Augustine was correct the devil attacks us through greed and fear. When the time comes, as your life here on earth slips away, to what good was accumulating, hoarding, not sharing all these earthly possessions? All you have, before you approach the next phase of your life, is yourself, your decisions, your soul. No possessions.