More Stuff


Herman got a new toy, and he found himself thinking about it almost all the time. It was so cool! He had looked forward to some day owning something like this for a very long time, and at last … he finally had it.

Life was good.! Good! Good!


In the Bible, a rich young man asked Jesus what a man had to do in order to go to heaven. After some discussion, Jesus told the man he should sell all that he had, give the proceeds to the poor, and follow Him. That was too much for the rich man to do, and he left Jesus sadly (Matt 19:16-22).

Most of us don’t realize that everything around us is perishable. It’s not lasting. And if we own anything that is not lasting, we own nothing at all.

The moral here is clear. Whatever we think we own actually owns us.


Herman was very happy to have this special, new toy in his life. But as he considered its value, he remembered many other toys before this one — all of which eventually ended up on the heap. Owning toys of no lasting value was a trend Herman might have ignored were it not for the words Jesus shared with the rich, but sad man in the Bible.

True freedom is the freedom that releases us from the tyranny of collecting “more stuff.” The greatest joys in life do not come from possessing toys but from sharing love.

Enjoy a toy, there’s no sin in that. But love a brother — or a sister, and you’ll find your joy!


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ!

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