Session 3: The joy of living is more than consuming: Man does not live on bread alone

Today, ask for the grace to know that the joy of living is more than consuming.
We will now hear an extract from number 222 of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’…
Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life, and encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep enjoyment free of the obsession with consumption. We need to take up an ancient lesson, found in different religious traditions and also in the Bible. It is the conviction that “less is more”. A constant flood of new consumer goods can baffle the heart and prevent us from cherishing each thing and each moment. To be serenely present to each reality, however small it may be, opens us to much greater horizons of understanding and personal fulfilment. Christian spirituality proposes a growth marked by moderation and the capacity to be happy with little.
Jesus and his disciples lived very simply. Bring to mind a time when you had very little but were happy and free. Savour this time of happiness and freedom again….
Pope Francis is encouraging us to be people of joy who are “free of the obsession of consumption.” Have you ever found yourself obsessing about something that you wanted to buy? Was it really worth obsessing about?
As you listen to the passage again, be attentive to the contrast between the old wisdom that brings freedom and the novelties that make us obsessive.
Having reflected on these old and new things, share with God whatever is in your heart and mind.

3. The joy of living is more than consuming
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