Wanting to be envied swallows many souls.

The world calls:  “Buy this and be the envy of your friends.”  Envy is:

The dark heart of envy is wanting to be envied.  We carefully consider the clothes, vehicles, furniture, jewelry, and every thing we buy.  The perfect purchase prompts envy at a price so low that its cost will prompt even more envy.

While seeking to be envied, we piously say:  “I believe in equal rights and opportunities.  I believe that all people and beliefs are equal.  I only want to be envied.”

The contradiction is almost invisible: “All are equal, but I want to be envied.”

Wanting to be envied swallows many souls.  Among the rich, objects of envy include stocks, bonds, land, jets, yachts, mansions, antiques, islands, and art.  Poorer people may seek to be envied for the quality of their tattoos.

The inventors of every Protestant denomination developed Marketing Plans to attract different types of envy:   Calvin’s Marketing Plan said:  “If you become a Presbyterian, you will be prosperous because you are among God’s elect.”  The less ambitious announce with equal pride:  “I go to Pastor Bob’s Church of The Perfect Baptism because I am saved!

How do we escape our desire to be envied?  He Who Fulfilled The Prophecies said “Verily, verily, I say unto you thou art Peter and on this rock I build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I give you the Keys to The Kingdom of Heaven.”  The Only Church He Founded requires that many holy men and women take Vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience.

Catholics are encouraged to learn the lessons that Catholic Saints wrote in blood:  Wanting to be envied swallows many souls.