LENTEN ALMSGIVING: A CATHOLIC TAKE ON MONEY

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

Recently, a friend recommended the podcast New Polity. A 30-episode series called “Good Money” sounded especially relevant to Lenten almsgiving.

Marc Barnes and Jacob Imam, out of Steubenville, Ohio, are the hosts.

If you can set aside their juvenile potshots at libs, hippies, Democrats, and the West Coast; their lumping of all “rich people” into one perdition-bound category; and their obsession with Jeff Bezos, the series is packed with good, radical meat.

“Two Rules for Money,” the first episode for example, establishes that money is essentially for spending, not hoarding—a Gospel concept that goes entirely against our “American,” holdover Puritan-work-ethic way of thrift, saving, and storing up.

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6 Replies to “LENTEN ALMSGIVING: A CATHOLIC TAKE ON MONEY”

  1. Twinkle Dad says: Reply

    Amen, Heather! I’ve long believed that the mere fact that billionaires exist is antithetical to Christianity. There is no way to justify hoarding wealth and resources in the face of global hunger, poverty and need.

    TD ✨

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Hey Bill, Holy Week blessings to you all the way up there in Phoenix…yes, I listened to several of the podcast episodes and there was some real food for thought–cause we always have less than some people and then on the other hand, we always have more than a whole lot of others…hope all is well in Twinkle Dad–and Mom–world. Glad you’re stil there.

  2. Phillip Aller says: Reply

    If the central feature of capitalism is profit, then I think the case could be made that that is Mammon. Thoughts anyone?

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Hi Philip, you mean profit is possibly mammon? I don’t have the bandwidth to wade into that one, but I do think that all of Christ’s teachings hold and are applicable no matter what system–political, economic, etc-we live under. Whether we live under capitalism, communism, socialism, a dictatorship, we can still share. We can still store up our treasure in heaven. We may be and look “out of step,” but we don’t get to blame our behavior on “the system,” whatever that may be, and pretend that we’d act any better or from any less fear, greed, etc. under another system.

  3. Thankful for your simplification the why’s of money, dear Heather, the Catholic guided way….refre$hing!

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Blessed Holy Week, dear Glenda–thanks for getting it!

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