During the last 2,000 years, we the Church have mostly been conventional. We have mostly talked about Jesus while devoting ourselves to Pluto.
Happily, some Christians have maintained a radiant witness to Jesus. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), for example, walked away from Pluto and family wealth to earn nothing. Instead, he witnessed to Jesus by serving poor people and starting a monastic order of beggars. The Roman Catholic Church rightly calls him a saint.
William Booth (1829-1912) committed himself to caring for
Pluto measures virtue in terms of money. With a word from Jesus and the dynamic love of the Holy Spirit, we may do otherwise. As radiant witnesses, we too may practice solidarity with poor people and challenge ways in which our societies keep them poor.
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