Be Careful of Greed.
The greedy man is really not rich, but poor. He does not control his money but is controlled by it. He does not possess his wealth but is possessed by it. He may have many things, yet for him he has all too little.Saint Anthony of Padua
This wisdom teaches us a lot about the spiritual life. Possessions are not usually evil in themselves; rather it’s a matter of focus. When our attention is fixed on things we possess, we’re easily distracted. We forget about others and their needs. Where greed and possessiveness rule, justice usually takes a back seat.
Today, I will take to heart Anthony’s reminder that “things” can easily control me and make me destitute to what really matters in life.