This week’s article for Aleteia regards the pope’s attitude to money. Is it “the devil’s dung”?
Finally, Catholic social teaching is not distinct from Catholic spiritual teaching. It is no mistake that Pope Francis called money “the devil’s dung” because what we do with our money is connected with what we do with our souls. Money becomes the devil’s dung when it is worshipped instead of God. When we look to money for our source of security and trust it has taken the place of God. When we look to money for our source of self-esteem and confidence it has taken the place of God. When we give that money generously and focus on others the devil’s dung becomes something greater.
The lesson is simple: money might be the devil’s dung, but dung has its uses. When it is hoarded in one place it stinks and rots the soul, but when the manure is spread around it fertilizes and makes everything grow strong and good.
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