Reflection on a Saying of a Desert Christian: anonymous

“A monk in our day tells us that he was taught the following by something internal: “Taking pride in not accepting money from others leads one to far worse sins than greed. Accepting money too willingly from others leads to pride and greed. This is why it is said that evil is rooted in money.”

To be honest, I’ve been mulling over this one for a few weeks, trying to decide which of my many thoughts to share.  Maybe something seems self-evident to you, but I think about this Saying and write about it from one who lives in poverty in the USA and who has been helped by the generosity of others who have shared their wealth with me on occasion.

Pride has been considered the sin that leads to all other sins.  We are taught that pride is what caused Lucifer’s fall from heaven.  Back in the day when Christians thought in terms of the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Cardinal Virtues, pride (hubris) topped the list of sins.

Taking pride in anything, according to the Desert Christians always leads us into worse and worse sin.  So taking pride in not accepting money, especially I think if we are in need, will also lead us into terrible sin.

Equally wrong is to accept money too willingly.  How could we accept too willingly?  Maybe we are more willing to accept than we are to try to find out own solutions to our problems?  When faced with a problem what is our first inclination?  Do we first try to solve it ourselves or do we first ask someone to solve it for us?

St, Paul writes in a letter to Timothy that the love of money is the root of all evil.  Seems to me anyone who has paid any attention to history knows this to be true.

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