Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Simplicity (detachment) and poverty
To mistake poverty for virtue is a mistake. Holy Poverty and economic poverty/hardship are entirely different things. One imprisons us. The other frees us. One brings abject suffering, starvation and death. The other brings life, opportunities for Sabbath, and may well be the fruit of charity. Wayne [Muller] is speaking about simplicity and holy poverty. He is not saying "We all need to live in Cabrini Green [a housing estate in Chicago]."
The Revd Tripp Hudgins

As Trevor Huddleston said 40 years ago the latter is not something that God loves. Or as one of the Bible’s most misquoted verses says ‘love of money is the root of all evil’ (St Paul in 1 Timothy 6:10). Avarice, covetousness. Money itself is morally neutral and as any capitalist, libertarian or non-, can tell you it can and does do much good.

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