“My illness helped me to see that what was missing in me….
I acquired more wealth, power, and prestige than most…
… But you can acquire all you want and still feel empty!
>> What power wouldn’t I trade for a li’l more time with my family?
>> What price wouldn’t I pay for being with friends?
It took a deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth, but it is a truth that the country, caught up in its ruthless ambitions and moral decay, can learn on my dime.
…the future leaders must speak to this spiritual vacuum at the heart of American society, this tumour of the soul”
These are the words taken from an article in the LIFE magazine….written by Lee Atwater, a former American Political Consultant.
(This person was mainly responsible for the election of George Bush as the American President. He was afflicted by a massive brain-tumour death at the age of 40!)
These words… of a man who acquired name & fame & wealth at a very young age, but suffered a tragic death, and came to a late realization – written back in the 90’s – …
… is a great and naked reality in our 21st century!
There is a great spiritual vacuum at the heart of our society: a tumour of the soul!
The Gospel of the Day presents this message very powerfully through the Parable of the Rich Fool.
It is heartening to see the statement made by this rich man…
… Lk 12: 17 says: “He asked himself, “What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?”
This man had a bountiful harvest (Lk 12: 16)…
… but found himself wanting for space to store them up.
He looked into his life and felt…
… I have worked hard, but I am still not satisfied
… I have achieved the results I expected, but I am still not contented
This statement is a great pointer to the experience of many of us…
… a great spiritual vacuum at the heart of our society!
>> There are many who have plenty of wealth…
… but extremely poor in peace of mind!
>> There are many who have honour and fame…
… but strangely lost in loneliness and despair!
>> There are many who have cashed in popularity and glam and glitz…
… but end up in depression and gloom!
>> There are many who have built bungalows and estates…
… but sadly abandoned in nursing animosity at home!
Our world is habitually sick…
>> Our society is often sad deep within…
>> Our families are frequently cracked & broken!
Very often, we have many things and many of the external requirements,
… yet there is a sense “lacking something”!
>> It’s like telling a Great Artist:”Your art is superb…but you still lack the quality in painting the nuances…”
>> It’s like telling a Great Speaker: “Your talks are classic…but you still lack the trait of modulation of tones…”
>> It’s like telling a Great singer: ”Your voice is amazing… but you still lack the punch in singing the high notes…”
>> It’s like telling a Great Writer: “Your writings are nice…but you still lack the feature of translating your thoughts…”
After doing and achieving many things, to sense that “We are lacking something” is hurting….
But that was the fact in the life of that rich man….
>> And that was the reason, for the Vacuum and the Void that was experienced!
The rich man thought he had gained everything…
>> He even boasted: “I shall say to myself: Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years; rest, east, drink and be merry” (Lk 12: 19)
But he still “lacked something”…
… the grace to have heaven as his greatest treasure and fortune
… the control to let go off money and mammon as the controlling factor of his life
… the charity to share his resources and his possessions to the needy and the wanted
… the generosity to set free his mind from being dominated by the cares and burdens of this world…
The man had gained much in life… but he still lacked what was most important…
A great vacuum had engulfed his soul….a great void had overpowered his life!
Is my life in resemblance with this person…who ‘thought’ he had everything right…yet lacking the Basics?
The Lord invites us…
… to give up the feeling that money and worldly riches can rule your life; rather we need to acquire spiritual treasures”
… to give up the notion that worldly success can satisfy you; rather we need to feed our lives with divine riches”
Let us fill the vacuum within us…with the Power and Grace of the Lord…with the Might of the Holy Spirit!
>> Our world needs it…our generation requires us… our families and communities call for it!
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “’Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God;’ and if so, woe be to the rich in spirit, for theirs must be the bitterness of Hell.
>> By rich in spirit, I mean, him whose riches engross his mind, or whose mind is buried in his riches.
>> He is poor in spirit whose heart is not filled with the love of riches; whose mind is not set upon them!”