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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Patriarch Kirill Says that People Shouldn’t Let the Love of Riches Enslave Them

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Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias urged the faithful not to let the desire for material wealth overpower them. “Covetousness is an absence of values; it establishes desire in a person. If one has material sufficiency, valuables, and money, then, one should rule over these things, ensuring, first and foremost, that one’s heart isn’t enslaved to riches”, the Patriarch said after the service on Holy Wednesday at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow. He noted that if people received due wages for their labour, “This is the law of life, and Christ never condemned it. However, we must never enslave our souls to the acquisition of material wealth, and we must remain the masters of these material things, we must remain people free in Christ, able to manage those goods that come to us, for we must, according to the word of God, use them to good purpose”, Vladyki Kirill said. He pointed up that the Church today remembers how the Lord visited the house of Simon the Leper, and, during the meal, there came a harlot, and, all of a sudden, she poured precious ointment on the Saviour. The Lord Christ noted the act of this woman, saying, “Wherever the gospel is heard, all will know of it”, which pushed Judas to betray the Saviour. The patriarch went on to say, “Why did this action prompt Judas to his act of betrayal? Indeed, it’s because covetous people, those who love money, can’t live according to the Law of Christ”. He called on us “to be with Christ, in subordination to His Will, to be His servants, but not to become enslaved to money and material things, as so many are, for these aren’t valuable in the eyes of God”, the official MP website quoted His Holiness as saying.

20 April 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=40421

Editor’s Note:

The root of the so-called Neoliberal (“conservative”) Free Market ideology is, “Greed is good”. Its scripture is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. His Holiness gives a blunt non licet to all of it. You can have His Holiness Patriarch Kirill (and those with him), or, you can have the Republican Party standard-bearers… Boehner, McConnell, Paul, Walker, Priebus, Limbaugh, Palin, et al. Reflect well on the fact that Paffhausen, the konvertsy, SVS, and the apparatchiki have allied themselves with the Republican greed-mongers rather than with the Lord Christ. I somehow think that’s not kosher…

BMD 

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