I thought we could talk about the “rich young man” in the Gospels. He had followed all the commandments, yet he still lacked one thing in order to be perfect. Christ told him to sell all he has and give it to the poor. Yet because he had an attachment to his riches, he was not able to, and went away sadly.
Whenever I read this in the Bible… I always feel so scared that I’m just like that man. I wish I was more like St Francis instead.
Do you think it is necessary to become a religious to follow what Christ is saying here? In what other way can we give away all that we have? However, what if we’re not called to a religious vocation? in that case we might have a family and have to provide for them somehow… does that mean we’re like the rich young man and can’t be perfect?? or am I missing something here? Is Christ talking more figuratively…that we shouldn’t have an attachment to anything of this world… if so, how do we get rid of our attachments?
I don’t have very much money or possessions and I’m still a student but even so I know it would be really hard for me to give everything up. How can we give everything up though, if we’re called to have a family? Is giving to the poor and being unselfish enough?
I’m kind of confused… what do you think? perhaps this is something others have struggled with too…
when I made my Total Consecration to Mary, I gave her all my possessions, both exterior and interior. So now she can do anything she wants with them. When I said the prayer I meant it and to be honest it was difficult for me. It was a sacrifice. But it would be even more of a sacrifice living it out. So I’m just wondering…in order to not be like the rich young man…how much ‘stuff’ should we have? what if our state of life doesn’t allow us to like like St Francis and have nothing? and if we have possessions, like most people do, how do we not become attached to them?