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SIN. COVETOUSNESS. - LUST. - GLUTTONY. Covetousness. 1. Covetousness is an inordinate love of earthly goods, especially money. 2. It is not that we are absolutely forbidden to love the goods of …More
SIN.
COVETOUSNESS. - LUST. - GLUTTONY.
Covetousness.
1.
Covetousness is an inordinate love of earthly goods, especially money.
2. It is not that we are absolutely forbidden to love the goods of this world; what is forbidden is an excessive love of them and for their own sake. We can always desire them in connection with God, considering and using them as a means to our salvation.
3. Love of them becomes excessive when we do not mind offending God in order to acquire, preserve or increase them.
4. Covetousness is a grievous sin. St. Paul calls it an idolatry. « No covetous person (which is a serving of idols) hath inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God » (Eph. V, 5.)
5. The poor are not immune against this sin, for to covet is not only to love inordinately what we possess, but also to have an inordinate longing for what we do not possess. 6. Covetousness hardens our hearts against the poor, makes us indifferent towards heavenly things and sometimes even leads us into …More