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Outlining Of the Catholic Teachings on Wealth, Poverty and Charity

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Outlining Of the Catholic Teachings on Wealth, Poverty and Charity: The catholic religion's bible has many teachings on wealth, poverty, charity and all the other acts that one can perform to aid their neighbour. In this document I will be outlining these teachings by choosing four biblical passages, summarising them and explaining their meaning. I will also explain a quote from the Catechism and then conclude what I believe to be the Catholic teachings regarding "rags & riches". Part One: THE WIDOW'S OFFERING Mark 12:41-44 Jesus and his disciples were in the temple in Jerusalem and Jesus was watching people put their money into a donation box in the temple treasury. Many rich men dropped in a lot of money; then a poor widow came along and put in a single penny worth of copper coins. He called his disciples together and said to them "This widow put more into the box then all those other rich men. The others put in what they had to spare, while the others put in what they had to spare." This parable teaches a very Christian moral also demonstrated in an Aesop's fable of the proud mothers; quality over quantity. It shows us how God and Jesus value the thought and selflessness in donating all you have to a cause, rather then the spare, unbothered part of yourself, also demonstrated in "The eye of the needle." ...read more.

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THE RICH FOOL Luke 12:13-21 A man asked Jesus to persuade his father to divide the land between him and his brother. Jesus then said he had no right to do no such thing. He then warned the people to guard themselves against every kind of greed, that a person's true life is not made up of possessions, no matter how valuable. He then told a parable about a rich fool. "There was once a rich man who had land that bore good crops. He began to think to himself, 'I haven't anywhere to put all my crops. What can I do? This is what I'll do. I'll tear down all of my old barns to build bigger ones, where I will store my corn and all my other goods. Then I will say to myself "Lucky Man!" You have all the good things you need for many years. Take life easy, eat, drink and enjoy yourself!" But then God said to him "You fool! This very night you will have to give up your life; then who will get all these things you have kept for yourself?" Jesus concluded that those who are rich on Earth are not rich in God's sight. This parable tells how those who stockpile riches through greed will be in two hells when they die, in the sense that they will feel great pain in the fact that the riches they saved up cannot be carried on to the afterlife, while spiritual riches can. ...read more.

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PART TWO: "True happiness is not found in riches or well-being, in human fame or power or in any human achievement but God alone..." Catechism of the Catholic Church This is a piece of text from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a book of rules, morals and ethics all Catholics are expected to follow. This particular lesson teaches that God is the single way to achieve true happiness, not in mortal wishes such as to be rich or powerful. Also, when it says "God" it also means following the rules God set, so that it also means following the Ten Commandments and giving to charity are also key to true happiness, just as they are key to entering the kingdom of God. This means that to be truly happy you must love God, and obey his rules so you may spend eternity with him in the afterlife, for which you will be truly happy too. PART THREE: To conclude, to outline the teachings of Catholics on wealth, poverty and charity: You should not be a slave to money, donate it to charity so that it can be used for good, so that you will be happy with what you have done as God will be. You are only truly rich in spirit, as those riches will also be carried with you wherever you go, even to Heaven itself. If these rules are followed, you will spend a rich afterlife, rich in happiness with God. ...read more.

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