The Church of the Poor II


Poverty is a world health concern with the developed nations owning and producing the near totality of the wealth of the world. Capitalism, that Liberal doctrine based on free enterprise, free thought, and aimed at the economic gain of profit, has within three centuries, remarkably increased the production of goods for consumption and for sustenance. Today, Capitalism no longer exists in its admixtured form, but rather, the State regularly intervenes within the economic process in order to limit its excesses and its exploitation.


Human progress has created great benefits for humanity as it has increased the life span, definitely reduced the incidence of disease, contributed to the education of man and the dissemination of knowledge, served the diffusion of tolerance and the spirit of co-operation between nations and people, and generally, has realized the equality of man, and the equality of man and woman. Still, as the production of goods generates more wealth, human inequality increases; this is true, even among the developed countries. Increasingly, the human person disappears behind the system of economic production where he simply features as a cog, a material and an economic entity at the mercy of dominating impersonal forces and secret powers that drive the financial and the political engine of the world itself.


This situation is the cause of great dissatisfaction and man, in the face of such exploitation, decries its injustice. At the root of this system of abuse, misuse and exploitation, is materialism, an orientation of the mind that annuls spirituality in man and tends him towards the pursuit of temporal enjoyment, of material pleasure, and of self-centered interests. This materialism, is itself the result of the loss of religious faith and of the spiritual wisdom that prevents man from positing greed and avarice as the idols of his heart. To an increasing extent, the State becomes the active agent of the economic system as through law and public policy, he becomes a creator of employment advancing in this manner, its influence and its hold in the life of the private individual. From Capitalism, Democratic nations are progressing towards a mutated form of Socialism, the emergence of a modified Communism is a real possibility.


“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” (1 Timothy 6:10)


Money, it is certain, has been the medium for the exchange of goods for millennia. It has paced the life of culture and has directed towards the erection of civilization. For the love of money, crime is committed, life is aborted, injustice exists, and man becomes without a God, sacrificing to this idol his personal morality at the altar of his heart and of his conscience. Presently, it appears that the exchange and the consumption of goods is with recurrence, realized according to the intellectual principle and the transfer of information, as opposed to the concrete and the material extension of economic production. More succinctly, it is the service borne by knowledge that governs commercial exchange as opposed to the skill of human labor. Monetary interactions and commercial exchange, are becoming computerized, interpreted according to the digits present within the machine as opposed to the concrete relation with material money. Money is no longer measured in the weight of gold, or the shape of copper, but in the digits of magnetic information.


Materialism advances, and the human person becomes continually interpreted according to technology, the law of the machine. The law of the machine is to create a humanity that exists without thought and that works in fear according to the logic of the mechanical clock and the mechanics of efficiency. That human interaction is becoming interpreted according to the language of the computer, is altering the spirit of man, rendering it increasingly insensitive to the presence of Divine Beauty and to the existence of religious spirituality, the result being the emergence of nonfaith, a society of a population without the unity of Church, that denies the Symbol of Faith and that lives in the senescence of the memory of God. The Catholic Church testifies to the truth of a sempiternal world, of a reality that is Love animated by a supernatural Charity that is the bond of its members. In the Church of Rome, the poor, the vulnerable, the weak, the outcast, find a common home, a place that is a medicine to their ailments, a remedy to their illnesses, a consolation for their miseries, a Paraclete in their lives.


The Beatitudes represent the promise of the Eternal Kingdom, the blessing of sanctity in a life in accordance with virtue. If money is the force that drives human interactions in Babylon, Charity animates the souls, the hearts, and the affections of the Catholic Christians, a spirit that forms believers in the adoration of the Eucharistic Christ, and the glorification of the Holy Trinity towards the beatitude of rational creatures, and the unity of the Divine Society. Spiritual poverty, that spirit of detachment from worldly attachments and earthly pleasures corresponds to material poverty, a supernatural richness that contemplates in Grace, the life that animates the Church, the Holy Spirit, who is the Charity of God and the Essence of the Fires of the Holy Trinity. In the poverty of the spirit, is prefigured the destiny of a world in which monetary transaction is replaced by the simplicity of the exchange of fraternal charity and of brotherly love, in which, all descendants of Adam share in the same human nature and the like sentiments of the heart, directed towards the peace of humanity and the reconciliation between nations and peoples.

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