G.K.Chesterton, the brilliant Catholic writer of the early 20th century, offered this prescription for the malady which today is called Affluenza:
“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”
Thanks to my friend Chris Bell for posting this. Chris is the director of the Good Counsel maternity homes, which celebrate pro-life values by offering care–and a path forward–to expectant and parenting moms and their kids. Chris has an abounding Franciscan heart and has visited our SFO fraternity a few times even though he lives in the New York area. I ask that we keep him and his family and his extended Good Counsel family in our prayers.
If you’re interested in learning more about G.K. Chesterton, who also had a Franciscan heart and wrote a wonderful biography of St. Francis, check out the American Chesterton Society . You can also see what I wrote about St. Francis, Chesterton, and our short-attention-span culture in the article on page 312 of this pdf from the Franciscan journal, The Cord.
William G. Schmitt