Shopping Frenzy

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The Internet is buzzing loudly today with sales at Amazon and Wal-Mart! Now, other online merchants like Target and Best Buy are creating other artificial shopping holidays for next week. Everywhere online you see the term Christmas in July to describe the frenzy of sales and shopping.

But at least with Amazon, shoppers do not seem to be too happy with what is on sale.  Twitter is full of people slamming the merchant for offering products few want and not slashing prices enough. The shoppers waited and waited for this day, many of them now disillusioned by the promise of Prime Day.

Of course, it is all illusion really: fake holidays, products most do not need, people ready to spend money they do not have in their bank accounts. A good sale can make most anyone happy, but in life it is never the main thing.

Today, like yesterday and tomorrow, the main thing is love of God and love of others. No product bought will truly satisfy. No discount received will make all the difference in the end. I just wish we saw a frenzy surrounding faith, hope, and love. That’s what our nation and our Church are prime for in these modern times.

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About Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for LPi and an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he previously served as Pastoral Associate for 22 years. Saint Pius X received the Archbishop Murphy Award in 2009 from the ICSC. Tracy is a writer, speaker, and teacher in the areas of stewardship, engagement, catechesis, and strengths theory, and has worked with Catholic communities throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand. You can read Tracy’s Everyday Stewardship column in LPi’s CONNECT!, a bimonthly lectionary-based liturgy preparation publication. His writing can also be read on his Nutshell Blog, The Main Thing Blog, and in contributions to Catholic TechTalk. He also serves on the faculty for the ICSC Stewardship Institutes. Tracy has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He has been married 23 years and he and his wife, Mariann, have 3 children.

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