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To be able to enjoy fully the many good things the world has to offer, we must be detached from them. To be detached does not mean to be indifferent or uninterested. It means to be nonpossessive. Life is a gift to be grateful for and not a property to cling to.

A nonpossessive life is a free life. But such freedom is only possible when we have a deep sense of belonging. To whom then do we belong? We belong to God, and the God to whom we belong has sent us into the world to proclaim in his Name that all of creation is created in and by love and calls us to gratitude and joy. That is what the “detached” life is all about. It is a life in which we are free to offer praise and thanksgiving.

Emphasis mine

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Perhaps strangely, it is for this very reason that I support governmental help for others, especially the poor.  It is because life, not belongings,  is the gift.  We are God’s.  The world is God’s. If God owns everything (and we are mere stewards), the term “other people’s money” loses it meaning. It’s all God’s – all people and all things.

Oh, I AM my brother’s keeper.

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