Material idols. Ubuntu Family Thought 11 July

The group members reminisced about their earlier years. “We used to have a wonderful farm, we grew lots of fruit and vegetables and became quite wealthy I must say.  But we were also so busy that we hardly had time for God and stopped going to church.  I suppose our idols, what the reading calls “sacred pillars” were money,  new cars, expensive holidays.  As I look back I realise a time came when our children all left home and those material things didn’t matter any more. ”

Israel is a luxuriant vine that yields its fruit.  The more his fruit increased the more altars he built; as his country improved he improved his sacred pillars.  Their heart is false; now they must bear their guilt.  Hosea 10:1-2.

Pope Francis: An empty nest obliges a couple to redefine their relationship.  There are also personal crises that affect the life of couples often involving finances, work, emotional, social and spiritual difficulties requiring a process of forgiveness and reconciliation.  AL 237

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