The Pearl of Great Price
- Posted by FOM
- On August 2, 2017
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- Action, catholic men, Fishers of Men, Morning, spirituality
The reason for our existence is to praise God, to love him and serve him, and we can do this only by loving our brothers. “All men are brothers.” This is the great truth that makes us realize God. Great crimes, it is true, have been committed in the name of human brotherhood: that may serve to obscure the truth, but we must keep on saying it. We must keep on saying it because Love is the reason for our existence. It is what we all live for, whether we are the hanger-on in Times Square or the most pious member of a community. We are seeking what we think to be the good for us. If we don’t know any better, often it is because radio, newspapers press, and pulpit have neglected so to inform us. We love what is presented to us to love, and God is not much presented. It is as hard to see Jesus in the respectable Christian today as in the man on the Bowery. And so “the masses have been lost to the Church.”
We who live in this country cannot be as poor as those who go out to other countries. This is so rich a country that luxury has developed at the expense of necessities, and even the destitute partake of the luxury. We are the rich country of the world, like Dives at the feast. We must try hard, we must study to be poor like Lazarus at the gate, who was taken into Abraham’s bosom. The Gospel doesn’t tell us anything about Lazarus virtues. He just sat there and let the dogs lick his sores He would be classed by any social worker of today as a mental case. But again, poverty and in this case destitution, like hospitality. is so esteemed by God, it is something to be sought after, worked for, the pearl of great price.
SERVANT OF God DOROTHY DAY Servant of God Dorothy Day (r 1980 was co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement