“Dear young people, you are under threat from the bad use of advertising techniques, which plays upon the natural tendency to avoid effort and promises the immediate satisfaction of every desire, while the consumerism that goes with it suggests that man should seek self-fulfillment especially in the enjoyment of material goods.” – John Paul II, March 31, 1984
Read More: Apostolic Letter Dilecti Amici
Questions for Your Journal
- Do I think about “things” more than I think about God? (For example: cars, clothing, phones, video games)
- Do I try to avoid homework or responsibilities?
- Is being entertained a higher priority than helping others?
- Write about practical ways you can shift your attention away from the temporary (things) and to the eternal (God.)