How's Your Relationship with Money?

I have been attending "The Feast", the weekly Catholic Prayer Meeting of the Light of Jesus family led by Bro. Bo Sanchez, for three (3) years now in Valle Verde Country Club, Pasig City. I thank God for this. I really enjoyed the talks and worship right after the holy mass. There's so much to learn!



The current series/talk is entitled "Happy, Healthy, Holy Money". Bro. Obet Cabrillas, The Feast Pasig Preacher, said that the modern day people think that money can buy everything: happiness, health and holiness. Of course, that is not true. The truth is, money can buy: pleasure but not happiness, medicine but not healing, vitamins but not health, a house but not a home, books but not wisdom, companions but not friends, crucifix but not salvation. The real issue is stewardship. God wants us to prosper by managing our finances properly so we can share it with others.

Bro. Obet introduced the 3 kinds of Rich:
  • The Filthy Rich
  • The Guilty Rich
  • The Truly Rich
Bro. Obet
According to what he has written in yesterday's Feast bulletin, the Filthy Rich are actually very rich. They have plenty of money and they buy what they want. However there is a side effect to the intoxication of affluence. They are selfish and callous. They do not care about the needs of others. They're apathetic to the poor. Then along the way, they wonder why they feel so empty and desolate inside.  

The Guilty Rich are also very rich. They acquire many properties. If there is one thing that they're good at it is - making money and more money and more money. However, because earlier in their lives they've been oriented with a false theology that is anti-affluence, they feel guilty. The guilt within them gnaws on every happiness they have. It eats away their sense of clean satisfaction and robs them of inner peace. The effect - the more they get rich, the guiltier they feel. And because the only thing they're good at is making money, they drown their inner guilt by making more money. In effect they get richer yet sadder and sadder.

The Truly Rich are the ones that don't make wealth filthy. Nor do they feel guilty within when they make money. The reason for this is that they know that Christianity is all about stewardship and generosity. They grow their wealth and give. They're merciful to the poor. They're supportive to their family and relatives. More so, they tithe to the Spiritual Family that nurtures their Spirit.  

Also, there are 3 Rules of the Truly Rich:
  1. What you spend should be less than what you earn.
  2. What you save should grow more than what you lose.
  3. What you earn should be equal to what you know.  
Are you a Filthy, Guilty or Truly Rich?  

"Therefore keep the words of this covenant and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do." (Deuteronomy 29:9)

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