Thought for the Day – 25 November – The Thirst for Justice

Thought for the Day – 25 November – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

The Thirst for Justice

“Many people, unfortunately, hunger and thirst for wealth, for pleasure and for honour.
In practice, if not in tbeory, they forget all about their personal sanctification and the welfare of their neighbour.
They pray, certainly and they go to Church, give alms and carry out the duties of their station in life conscientiously, from morning until night.

They may even engage in many external works of charity, on their neighbour’s behalf but, what is their dominant thought and their principal ambition?
To keep up appearances, to be praised and esteemed, to be successful in their careers.
This, however, is not justice or Christian perfection but corresponds to the attitude of the Scribes and Pharisees, who did not seek the Kingdom of Heaven but their own interests (Cf Mt 5:46-48).
Of these, it is written that “they have received their reward” (Mt 6:21).
They have not sought God but themselves!
Therefore, they can never have God or His everlasting happiness as their reward.
They must be content with the insignificant and passing glory of the world.
Indeed, on many occasions, they will be unable to gain even this much and will find that they have laboured in vain!

The envious man will even find cause for personal sorrow and unhappiness, in the welfare and in the success of others,
He would have nobody wealthy, respected or happy in the world but himself!
Even when the zealous man is working for a good cause, he is not concerned with it but only, with himself.
He identifies his own ego with the cause for which he is fighting!”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci




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