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In his Homily on the First Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis shared some advice for Advent—and all through the year:
- Resist the dazzling lights of consumption, which will shine everywhere in this month, and believe that prayer and charity are not lost time, but the greatest treasures.
- Consumerism is a virus that afflicts faith at its root, because it makes you believe that life depends only on what you have, and so you forget about God.
- The meaning of life is not to accumulate.
- When you live for things, things are never enough, greed grows and others become obstacles in the race and so you end up feeling threatened and, always dissatisfied and angry. . . . ‘I want more, I want more, I want more.’
Gratitude is the antidote to consumerism. Gratitude turns what we have into enough. Practice gratitude and model it for the children in your life. It may not always have the immediate effects on children that you desire, but you are planting a seed that will feed them later in their lives. Persist in gratitude, prayer, and charity.
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