January 31,  Mk. 4:26-34

 

“As we all know in our bones, there is a predatory quality to our economic system, and competition underlies all our institutions. We prey upon each other.It may not be obvious from within our planet’s dominant society, but our culture and our corporations and other institutions act in ways that can only be described as predatory vis-à-vis those who are less industrialized, less wealthy, and less able to protect themselves”. Dr. Will Tuttle

“Today, more than ever, we need to recognize that the gift of solitude is not ordered to the acquisition of strange contemplative powers, but, fist of all, to the recovery of one’s deep self, and to the renewal of an authenticity which is presently twisted out of shape by the pretentious routines of a disordered togetherness.”
– Thomas Merton, “Contemplation in a World of Action” –

I was talking last night to a volunteer, at the meal, with one person after another receiving food, cold, hungry, without  many clothes, about the predatory, money hungry economy that surrounds us. Our job market is becoming more tailored to the white collar, technologically trained, blue collar jobs are dwindling, and the care for the poorest of the poor is slipping away. Dr. Tuttle hits it on the head with his quote, and for me I find in solitude that which shapes me and it orders my life. I see people so frazzled and they tell me they do not have time for “those things,” and their lives are a mess, and that messiness leads to greediness and to simply having no meaning or purpose in life.   We maybe getting socks from a group because it is easier for them to give the goods then to find the time to work directly.

Finally people think that I am generous, and that is far from the reality, but for me to be “happy”—oh I hate the word in the modern context—I have to be try, and I mean try to live St. Marcella:

“I prefer to store my money in the stomachs of the needy rather then to store it in a purse. ………..now I shall go in want of daily bread, but I shall not feel hunger since I am full of Christ.” St. Marcella

 

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