In Father John Mack’s book, Ascending the Heights, A Layman’s Guide to the Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 16 discusses the spiritual illness of avarice. Avarice is the insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth. This is man’s desire to have more and to gain more – at any expense. The more complicated our lives become and the more we own, the more we have to worry about care and preservation. With each step up the financial ladder, we make new purchases, incur new debt and have less to share with those who are in need.
Are you living for Heaven or for all that is here on this earth? Do you believe in God or do you believe in your financial planner? Having all the the things that you feel are necessary is not wrong but this pursuit is distorting from the one thing which alone is needful – personal Salvation!
The recommended cure for this illness is poverty or simplicity of life. The more we focus on the Heavenly, and less on the Earthly, the closer we are to God, as Stewards, with what He has given us.