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Hearses Never Pull U-Hauls
By Frank Dado :: Friday, July 2, 2010 :: 30781 Views :: Religion & Spirituality, Opinion and Editorials

Let me begin by sharing my deepest and most heartfelt gratitude to all the wonderful e-mails shared with me by readers of my articles.  As I have written to some of you, please join me by sending me your ideas or writing for this wonderful website.  It is a blessing that it is available and hopefully other courageous writers will contribute an article about their profession, passions, or points of views. 

I am sorry it has taken so long to write more articles as the winding down of another semester, caring for some elderly relatives, and helping my dad find a job, has kept me quite occupied.  My family has hit a financial snag when my father was laid off from work.  I share this not to endear any readers, that is the furthest from my mind, but to share a personal reflection that has given rise to today’s article.  Thankfully dad was able to find another job, but he now has to drive nearly two hours one way. 

I mention this to highlight another reason why I love my dad so much; his optimism born from his faith. When I tried to empathize with his ordeal of a long travel and less pay he smiled and said, “brronee (son), I listen to your Ipod (after I showed him how to connect it to the car, he is infatuated with the device and has adopted it as his own), pray an extra rosary, and enjoy your mother’s bag of fresh fruit and vegetables; I am even more blessed now.  God always knows better, I just enjoy the ride.” 

In this article I felt it important to write about how money impacts people.  Fortunately, my mom and dad never seemed to get caught up in the need to show-off their material possessions.  They were obviously too confident and secure to feel the need to make a statement with material goods.  Unfortunately, my cousins and many close friends, come from families who struggle with the need to compensate with flashy goods.  The drive to prove they have made it is overwhelming. 

The desire to “keep up with the Jones" as the American saying goes, has been a driving force for many people who are bent on trying to keep the pace of the seemingly "higher class."  This is no different in the Chaldean community.  There apparently is a prevailing theory that the grass is always greener on the other side.

These feelings of dissatisfaction run rampant in our society and in our community.  Sadly the feeling generates a desire to constantly outdo and outsmart our neighbors. We want to have the latest and greatest, the biggest and fastest, and the most superior possessions available to us.

Although this trend may seem harmless and perfectly natural, we must recognize that Scripture clearly condemns envy, discontentment, and covetousness because they can lead us down a destructive path of self-centered, self-absorbing, and self-gratifying pursuits.

Discontentment undermines God's promise to "provide all that we need" (Phil. 4:19) and to "satisfy the desires of every living thing" (Ps.145:16). Hebrews 13:5 says, "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have because God said, ' Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.' " The Lord gives us this command so that we will devote our time and energy to a life of service with eternal rewards rather than a life of temporary pleasure with fleeting satisfaction. God does not want us to be so consumed with working to earn money, that we are reduced to just "making a living" instead of "living a life."

Paul wisely instructs Timothy to "pursue righteousness, godliness, . . . and love . . . " instead of money, for he states that "we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it" (I Timothy 6:11, 7) Wealth and hoarded possessions only have value in this life; a point made clear by the fact that hearses never pull U-Hauls.

King Solomon, once the wealthiest man in the world, wrote, "I amassed silver and gold for myself . . . I denied nothing my eyes desired . . . Yet when I surveyed . . .what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless" Ecclesiastes 2: 8,11). In the end he concluded that the only worthwhile purpose under heaven was to "fear God and keep His commandments" (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

Jesus promises that if you "seek His kingdom and His righteousness, all these things will be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33). Immeasurable blessings await those who pursue the higher calling of Christ Jesus rather than enslaving themselves to the unending pursuit of prestige and possessions. When all is said and done, what will be your legacy? Will it be said that you pursued the Kings of Kings or merely the riches of His kingdom?

Thanks for reading,

"That's me. Frankie D!


Frank Dado is a student of Theology at the University of San Diego.  He enjoys the science of psychology and philosophy along with sports and writing.  He has written many reviews and essays on the philosophy of everyday living and the science of behavior.

St. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.