I live in an area with a lot of Catholics (I am no longer a Catholic by the way but was once) and I just had a question about living as “a Catholic.”
The area I live is very nice, and my family lives modestly, which is probably from my conservative upbringing. A lot of my neighbors indulge themselves in all sorts of excesses, like pools, sports car, etc…I understand that they’re entitled to do what they want, but many of them are against things like Universal Health Care, freak about social programs generally, etc…and I just think sometimes that they should be concentrating more of their efforts on using that money to help out the poor and less fortunate.
Especially during these tumultous times a lot of good people need help. Shelters, etc…are desperate for assistance, so if you have money to build a river through your yard, shouldn’t you be reallocating that money to help people?
Isn’t that the Christian thing to do? Isn’t it more important to help your brother or sister in faith than it is to buy a pool, or a Corvette when you can go to the YMCA or just use your Audi to drive around?
I find it strange to see so many people living like this. Maybe my family was different when I was a kid, but it just seems like people are more concerned about “self” now. I’m no longer Catholic, but I still believe strongly in giving, and not indulging in excess.
So, my question: Are they wrong, or is living like that fine?