Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rich Girl, Poor Girl

Father Dan pulled out an interesting bit from this article for his facebook page today

"A key summarizing quote: "But you can do much more for the poor by getting married and remaining faithful to your spouse. Have the courage to use old-fashioned words such as chaste and honorable. Put on a tie. Turn off the trashy reality TV shows. Sit down to dinner every night with your family. Stop using expletives as exclamation marks. Go to church or synagogue."

Here's my quote from the same article

"A Christian who hopes to follow the teachings of Jesus needs to reckon with a singular fact about American poverty: Its deepest and most debilitating deficits are moral, not financial; the most serious deprivations are cultural, not economic. Many people living at the bottom of American society have cell phones, flat-screen TVs, and some of the other goodies of consumer culture. But their lives are a mess."

Here's my insight from 4 years as a public employee working in the impoverished area of Appalachia.

Umm.. why the HECK are we just picking on the poor for having lives that are a mess?

Because I personally feel like many Americans in the middle and upper classes also have lives that are a complete mess.

Today I read in shock about one of the saddest burials ever when a rich Catholic lady refused to have Last Rites or a Funeral Mass. It doesn't matter how many millions you have in the bank or how many rooms (42!) you have in your posh apartment in New York City. If you die alone in a hospital room, without your family, without a priest, and without your FAITH-- then you are a poor, poor girl.

Please, go out and sparkle with love and self-forgetfulness in your marriages tonight. Your light is needed. Know that practically all of America is (rich and poor alike) are spiritually starving at the gates of Heaven.

Blessed Mother, pray for us. Pray for Huguette M. Clark.


  1. Oh wow, have truer words ever been spoken?? Thank you.

  2. I read that article in First Things. The point was not to say that only the poor have messt, sinful lives. In fact, the point was that it is usually the wealthy who have more dysfunction and sin in their lives, but can often avoid the more immediate, temporal consequences of sin (i.e. Avoid jail, afford rehab, etc.) Thus their sinful lufestyles are glamorized to the rest of us. When the poor try to emmulate these glamorous sins, they often suffer more immediate suffering.

    Obviously, all of us deal with the spirutual fall-out.

  3. In that way, I think the poor are MORE blessed than the rich. We can't hide as easily under pride or self-justification. It's a blessing for me to suffer more quickly for my sins. Helps put me on the fast track to conversion.

    Just saying that while many, many people are concerned about praying for the Poor, this Carmelite is praying hard for the poor AND double hard for the RICH.

  4. Oh, I agree. The poor often can have a faster path back to conversion because they can sin the wages of sin more clearly and quickly. I just was saying that I don't think the author was being harder on the poor; I found the article to be an indictment of the middle class and wealthy who lead their brethern astray by glamorizing a lifestyle of sin.