A Simpler Lifestyle

Fr. Eamonn O’Brien
April 27, 2011

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17

I have come to the view that the community of believers has a unique contribution to make in the struggle for a more just world, and that presently we are distracted from even beginning to identify it, much less acting out of it, because of over emphasis on political lobbying and corporate campaigning. The last thing that I wish to imply is that the believing community should not engage the political or corporate world. However, such action has only limited power because the deepest roots – not the only ones – of the forces that destroy the poor, our environment and ourselves lie elsewhere…within us.

We are enmeshed in the consumer culture that has us believing that as soon as one standard of living is achieved, a higher one should be sought. We have become immune to the truth that we are part of a rich world lifestyle where desires and life choices are at the expense of the poor, future generations and the planet itself.

Excerpted from the book Reflecting on Mission.