Praiseworthy and blameworthy

21 November 2019

From holy Scripture we learn that there are two kinds of wealth: one is praiseworthy and the other is blameworthy. The riches of the virtues are laudable whereas those which are material and earthly are to be condemned. This is because the former are held in possession by the soul, whereas the latter are skilled at deceiving our feelings. This is why the Lord forbids us to lay up such treasure, since it’s exposed to moths to feed off and to thieves to attack (Matth. 6, 19). He insists that we should give priority to the superior riches, which the power of decay cannot touch. And when He talks about moths and thieves, He means him who destroys the riches of the soul.