[quote="bibleguy180, post:7, topic:207026"]
I want to be wealthy to do good in the world...
Hi, bibleguy. You have a high goal: a trillionaire! Imagine the good works you can do with that amount of money!
The good news: there have been many good holy people who were wealthy and declared saints in our Church:
St. Margaret Clitheroe was of a wealthy family when she embraced martyrdom for her faith under the harsh anti-Catholic climate of Queen Elizabeth I.
St. Judith of Prussia was married to a wealthy young nobleman; she was generous with the poor, and was able to convince her husband to live more simply so that they could help others.
St. Pierre Toussaint, became wealthy as a hairdresser to the rich; he lived virtuously and helped orphans and cholera victims without fear.
St. Louis IX, king of France (1226-1270); he was a promoter of peace, he protected the clergy, he spent hours in prayer, penance and fasting. He also loved the poor and performed many works of charity, including feeding the needy, washing their feet, attending to lepers, and founding hospitals.
St. Thomas More, Lord Chancellor of England during Henry VIII's reign; definitely wealthy but was tried and found guilty of treason when he would not acknowledge King Henry's divorce.
St. Melania, inheriting her father's vast wealth, aided monasteries and churches in Egypt, Syria, Palestine, and Europe.
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, always used her resources to help the poor: she built a hospital and visited the inmates daily to attend to their wants, she personally attended hundreds of poor daily.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church forbids green and "the desire to amass earthly goods without limit." (CCC#2536)
Also from the Catechism:
2544 Jesus enjoins his disciples to prefer him to everything and everyone, and bids them "renounce all that [they have]" for his sake and that of the Gospel.
335 Shortly before his passion he gave them the example of the poor widow of Jerusalem who, out of her poverty, gave all that she had to live on.
336 The precept of detachment from riches is obligatory for entrance into the Kingdom of heaven.
2545 All Christ's faithful are to "direct their affections rightly, lest they be hindered in their pursuit of perfect charity by the use of worldly things and by an adherence to riches which is contrary to the spirit of evangelical poverty."
2450 "You shall not steal" (Ex 20:15; Deut 5:19). "Neither thieves, nor the greedy . . ., nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Cor 6:10).
The wealthy saints lived holy lives because their lives were dedicated to God and His people. If we use our wealth and our talents to further the work and love of Christ, we are on the right road. The more wealthy people are, the more vigilant they have to be, to remain detached and generous. And even those who aren't wealthy can have unhealthy attachments to what they have, and envy for what they don't.