LIBERA ME, Domine, Iesu Christe, ab omnibus iniquitatis meis et universis malis,
fac me tuis semper inhærere mandatis et a te numquam separari permittas. Amen.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Do Material Goods help ?

‘Man naturally desires perpetual stability. But this cannot be found in material things, which are subject to corruption and many kinds of change. Therefore the human appetite cannot find the sufficiency it needs in material goods. Accordingly, man’s ultimate happiness cannot consist in such goods.’

S. Thomas Aquinas

I find that a useful reminder for occasional consideration; usually when I’m looking at something in a shop window, or online, and thinking how nice it would be to have . . . I’m pleased to be able to say that I’ve got to the stage where it works at least fifty percent of the time. Well, alright fifty percent of the time except in bookshops . . . but I am trying !


  1. well if you have a special love of the Dominicans then I guess the Lord excuses you :)

    Its the same for me when browsing Carmalite literature.

  2. Dominic Mary, there is something distinctly Christian about owning things, but being at once aware of what others don't have. Love one's things, and appreciate them, because others are less fortunate. This is a general rule of thumb for me, especially with regard to clothes! :)