Is pleasure/luxury/wealth, even in what many might consider the “extreme” always forbidden to us?
It seems that there are many passages in Sacred Scripture and many sayings in Catholic Ttradition that would speak int he affirmative to this.
However, could not a man theoretically have great amounts of wealth and even enjoy great amunts of pleasure yet still live a righteous life if he follows in all ways God’s moral Law? The only reason I could see that we would be forbidden no matter what to have even extreme pleasure/luxury/wealth would be because we keep too much back for ourselves. (Of course, then the question becomes, how much is too much to keep back and how little is too little to give?) Still, if one has enough money to engage in extreme pleasure/luxury, could he theoretically not be generous with other money he has? Should he not enjoy his wealth that God has permitted him to have, as long as he does it properly (without breaking any moral laws) and with thanksgiving?
One notable exception which speaks positively of luxury, I believe, is Augustine(?) who speaks positively of a wealthy ruler in a similar vein as I have here, also stating that, while wealthy, the ruler is still very generous.
Note that here I use the word “extreme” and not “excessive”, as the latter puts by necessity a moral connotation to what it modifies. I am here just speaking strictly of amount and not of whether this or that is “too much”. (Indeed, another question of mine has been whether there is objectively and without exception a “too much” of wealth.) I could have indeed used the phrase “very very very very much”, though it seemed more than a little awkward to do so here.