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"The word on the street is....."
This page provides a recent reflection on an aspect of faith and culture. Responding to current events, issues in the news and in politics we aim to provide some considered thoughts on how our faith impinges on the world around us and the reverse.
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Faith and Culture: True Worth
Recent surveys suggested that predicted Christmas spending 2008 was set to be approximately
£400m less than 2007.
However, the average amount spent per adult on gifts, socialising, and food and drink, was still estimated as being £655, with the average amount spent on just gifts by an individual adult as being somewhere between £250 and £350.
The credit crunch will obviously affect
varied demographic groups very
differently, and there will be those who
choose to pay it no heed and spend as
normal, if not more. For those who want
to engage with some of the underlying
issues however, this could provide an
opportunity for gaining invaluable
cultural insight. John Drane* talks of ‘the
way that material success has become a
culturally-approved sign of worthwhile
achievement.’ Could our spending and
accumulating over Christmas and the
January sales, in fact be an indicator of
where our cultural sense of worth is?
In Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI talked
about the ‘thirst for God which only the
simple and poor can know’, echoing Jesus’
affirmation of the blessedness of the poor.
Archbishop Oscar Romero was convicted
of the fruits of living simply, when he said:
‘Aspire not to have more, but to be more’.
If we were to take these words seriously,
we might begin to remember firstly, what
really matters in life, and secondly that our
true worth comes from him who has
loved us, and given himself for us.