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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel #1

I've just started reading Pope Francis' apostolic exhortaton Evangelii Gaudium and I had to laugh and shake my head when I read this line:
The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience.
Uh...sounds like a warning for Black Friday. Talk about "consumerism!" I wonder how many folks tomorrow will stuff themselves into a coma, take a nap, and then get up a few hours later to go out and shop on "Black Friday" eve. So many stores are advertising their Thanksgiving hours. It is absolutely pathetic.

Well, I will be where I am every Thanksgiving and Black Friday -- at home enjoying family and playing games with grandkids thanking God for all the blessings in my life which are too numerous to count! Shopping is NOT on my agenda! How about you?

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!


Ben Warren said...

With respect Madam, I plead to mention that Thanksgiving is not Catholic, though I don't blame you for spending time with your grandchildren.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

I'm not sure I understand your point. Thanksgiving IS a Christian holiday begun by the Pilgrims to thank God for surviving that first bitter winter. Unless, of course, you believe the rewriting of history that says the Pilgrims were thanking the Indians.

I think most workers would appreciate respecting the holiday instead of having to work.