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Acquisitiveness is a Cruel Master

July 20, 2010 Length: 1:01

St. Isidore of Pelusium on avoiding materialism.

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I’m a sucker for one word: upgrade. If a new version comes out for things I use, I immediately think that I must buy it. The problem, of course, is that this never ends—we always want newer, better, and simply more things.

St. Isidore of Pelusium therefore warns us,

The desire for possessions is dangerous and terrible, knowing no satiety; it drives the soul which it controls to the heights of evil. Therefore, let us drive it away vigorously from the beginning. For once it has become master it cannot be overcome.

This is why the saints tell us to be content with what we have, and particularly with the riches we have in Christ.


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