I have been reflecting on Sunday’s gospel reading, Luke 6:17, 20-26, and it has left me with questions. I feel called to a vocation that if I am successful would lead me to be well off financially. However, the gospel says, “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.” This has me wondering if I should strive for greatness here on earth because it may not lead to my end in heaven. I am a very devout Catholic and very much want to do God’s Will here on earth, but I feel a contradiction in what I feel called to and what the gospel says. I would never take the money I make in vain as I have a heart for giving, so if I use it to help people would it still be in line with the gospel and my calling?
Have you ever heard of Louis XIV of France? He is also known as the “sun king”, and considered to be quite a good king. His first wife, he was not exactly faithful to, He remarried after the death of his first wife. He was quite lax in his faith early on, but, his second wife was extremely Catholic, and he started taking it seriously. I won’t say that he was always holy, and he probably would have admitted as much, but, when he had a powerful Catholic example, he was able to live a life more devoted to his wife and the Church. You can be wealthy and Catholic, and live a holy life, just do not let your wealth get in the way of your Catholicism.
I think a better example is Louis IX (25 April 1214 – 25 August 1270), a canonized saint. He died during one of the Crusades.
The Church needs wealthy people to donate to all the awesome things poorer people wish to do.
It’s similar to how Jesus wouldn’t have had a tomb to lay in and rise from if a rich guy didn’t happen to have one handy he could give.
Use your money wisely and you’ll be all right. Also, you may find the cost of living is pretty dern high and you won’t be as well off as you think.
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