Who claim to be Masters of the Universe?
What do they give in the place of bread?
What must a man exchange for meat?
“The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”
naša: to beguile, deceive
naša (alt.): to lend on interest, be a creditor
Who teases at freedom with a block and a chain?
Who promises to take your riches “to the moon”?
Who is the “lightbringer”?
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
L – $ – R
Thesis – Synthesis – Antithesis
The Politics of Matter
The Worship of Ma****
“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
And he said unto them,
Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”
A Snake With Many Heads
“Usury is and always has been, without any doubt a mortal sin, according to the natural law as well as the written law… a sin of avarice; it is against charity because the usurer without labor, suffering or fear gathers riches from the labor, suffering and vicissitudes of his neighbor.”
St. Albert the Great
“The money of the usurer cannot stay still very long in one place, being accustomed to pass through many. It cannot be kept in one bag, it seeks to be turned and counted. It requires use, that it may acquire usury.
It is a kind of wave of the sea, not a fruit. Money is never quiet; it moves on as though dashed upon a rock; thus it strikes the breast of the debtor and straightway slips back thence whence it came. It comes with a murmur, with a moan it recedes. Yet often the sea rests quiet by favor of the winds; always the wave of interest is in motion. It overwhelms the shipwrecked, casts out the naked, despoils the clothed, abandons the unburied. For you seek money and you incur shipwreck.”
St. Ambrose of Milan
“What can be more unreasonable than to sow without land, without rain, without plows? All those who give themselves up to this damnable culture shall reap only tares.”
St. John Chrysostom
”Listen, you rich men, to the kind of advice I am giving to the poor because of your inhumanity. Far better endure under their dire straits than undergo the troubles that are bred of usury! But if you were obedient to the Lord, what need of these words? What is the advice of the Master? Lend to those from whom ye do not hope to receive.
And what kind of loan is this, it is asked, from which all idea of the expectation of repayment is withdrawn? Consider the force of the expression, and you will be amazed at the loving kindness of the legislator.
When you mean to supply the need of a poor man for the Lord’s sake, the transaction is at once a gift and a loan. Because there is no expectation of reimbursement, it is a gift. Yet because of the munificence of the Master, Who repays on the recipient’s behalf, it is a loan. “He that hath pity on the poor lendeth unto the Lord.” Do you not wish the Master of the universe to be responsible for your repayment?”
St. Basil the Great
“We may observe three kinds of usurer: those who lend money privately, who may be described as creeping things without number; those who do so openly, but only in a small way, so as to seem merciful — these are the small beasts; and the faithless, hopeless and open usurers who, as openly as in a market place, take interest from all and sundry. These are the great beasts, crueller than all the rest.”
St. Anthony of Padua
“The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”
Beware what comes from the ether.
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark.”
charagma: a stamp, impress, mark
properly, an engraving (etching); (figuratively) a mark providing undeniable identification, like a symbol giving irrefutable connection between parties
xáragma (“brand-mark”) was originally any impress on a coin or a seal
xáragma later became “the identification-marker” (like with an owner’s unique “brand-mark”)
Who is the “owner”?
How are you being identified?
Who wants to link your money and your identity?
Who is the “lightbringer”?
Who keeps their eye on the money?
“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”
Yet another gold brighter?