Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!
Listen to my homily for the 18th Sunday of the Church's Year:
Mass Readings for the 18th Sunday of the Year
Pope Francis told ambassadors to the Holy See:
"One cause of this situation, in my opinion, is in the our relationship with money, and our acceptance of its power over ourselves and our society. Consequently the financial crisis which we are experiencing makes us forget that its ultimate origin is to be found in a profound human crisis. In the denial of the primacy of human beings! We have created new idols. The worship of the golden calf of old (cf. Ex 32:15-34) has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal.
"A new, invisible and at times virtual, tyranny is established, one which unilaterally and irremediably imposes its own laws and rules.
"Concealed behind this attitude is a rejection of ethics, a rejection of God. Ethics, like solidarity, is a nuisance!
"Money has to serve, not to rule!"