Category Archives: Finance

Mortification and Credit Cards

Yesterday’s reading in “In Conversation with God” focused on the concept of mortifications, of “taking up our cross” every day. One possible mortification in this consumer society is to always pay cash.  Or, at any rate, use a payment method … Continue reading

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In 20 Months, They Paid Off $82,000 in Debt

Interesting post posted several years ago at The Minimalist Mom.  If you’re up to your neck in debt, this might provide inspiration.

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2. What Leads to Conversion

I wasn’t the first person to come to a serious realization that the path they were on was wrong.  The classic example is St. Augustine, who lived a “wild and crazy” life before he converted to Christianity. Even earlier was … Continue reading

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The Day God Spoke to Me About Debt

Over the course of our lives, we’re likely to have several (many?) conversion experiences.  This is the story of one. I was sitting in Mass.  Truthfully, I wasn’t really focused on what the lector was reading.  I was just there. … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Perfect Wife

If today wasn’t the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter those who pray the Liturgy of the Hours would find the first reading in the Office of Readings to be from Proverbs 31:10-31.  The reading is, the title tells … Continue reading

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Are Toll Roads Sinful?

Today’s First Reading cautions us to “show no partiality” between the rich and the poor, saying “if a man with gold rings and fine clothes comes into your assembly, and a poor person with shabby clothes also comes in, and … Continue reading

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How Much in Savings is Enough?

Anyone who reads personal finance magazines, or watches tv, or even looks at other media is assailed with stories that we will end up destitute in our old age if we don’t have ever-more in savings. Those ads have a … Continue reading

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Early Financial Arguments a Predictor of Divorce: Study

Even the healthiest relationships include arguments, but the topic of the argument could predict risk of divorce, according to a Kansas State University researcher. “Arguments about money is by far the top predictor of divorce,” said Sonya Britt, assistant professor … Continue reading

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The Courage to Be Rich: A Faith-Driven Book About Finance

I’ve read a ton of personal finance books, almost all of which promise a system to make one rich beyond one’s fondest dreams.  Maybe it’s by not drinking lattes from Starbucks anymore.  Maybe it’s by buying dividend stocks or growth … Continue reading

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‘The Borrower is Slave to the Lender’

The rich rule over the poor,     and the borrower is slave to the lender. That cheerful thought comes straight from Proverbs 22:7, and it tells us almost all we need to know about debt — namely, that we need to … Continue reading

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