Monday, November 14, 2011

“He makes a million dollars…and he can’t count to 100”

We’ve all seen persons that fit this description. They seem to make money in spite of themselves. They lack education and all the attributes that are conducive to achievement. Yet they succeed while others that do, or seem to do, everything right, struggle just to pay their bills.

What causes success where others fail?  Is it pure “luck”? Are they born with a silver spoon in their mouth? Or is it a manifest
Destiny of God’s will?

So what’s the big deal if one is not in the millionaire category? Should we cry in our beer? Should we reek with envy over those having the good fortune to succeed--or should we wish them God speed? 

Surely God does not want us to envy our brothers and sisters. Without a doubt, God wants us to wish then well, because, their success is given to them as a blessing from God to do His loving will. It comes down to this:

Pray for them that they do not fall into the trap of worshiping themselves as false idols and believing that their success is brought on by their own manifestation…because it is not. It only comes through the graces of God.

Nothing good ever happens without God’s permission. All good things come from God. “Every best gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights.” (James 1: 17), and, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord…” (Jeremias 29: 11)

In the Novena to the Holy Trinity it states (in part) like this:

“Father, Son and Holy Ghost, One God who alone are holy and good, I adore you. Do not permit me to worship the false idol of myself or the idols of transitory success and material riches…”

So, the most important gift we can receive from God is not the gift of material things, it’s the gift of His blessing to refrain us from worshiping ourselves as idols and seeking out material things.

This is not to say that those who make millions of dollars and can’t count to 100 are not blessed, they are indeed blessed and they should thank the Lord for His blessing. How best to thank Him? By daily saying the Rosary and wearing the Brown Scapular.

Consider this: The Rosary consists of many Hail Mary’s. Now look at the benefits of just one single Hail Mary as was related to Blessed Alan De La Roche by a nun who appeared to her  sisters in religion after death…

“If I were allowed to go back into my body, to have the chance of saying just one single Hail Mary—even if I said it quickly and without fervor—I would gladly go through the suffering that I had during my last illness all over again, in order to gain the merits of this prayer.” (The Secret of the Rosary, pp.49-50)

Keep saying the Rosary and wear the Brown Scapular--and now and then—throw in one single Hail Mary.