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Q. 1. How does the Catholic Church define the sin of greed?

A. 1. Generally speaking, greed is defined as an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.

Number 2536 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

"The tenth commandment forbids greed and the desire to amass earthly goods without limit. It forbids avarice arising from a passion for riches and their attendant power. It also forbids the desire to commit injustice by harming our neighbor in his temporal goods:"

"When the Law says, "You shall not covet," these words mean that we should banish our desires for whatever does not belong to us. Our thirst for another's goods is immense, infinite, never quenched. Thus it is written: "He who loves money never has money enough."

When you accumulate property goods over and above your needs, many items remaining in storage for over a year, never once having been used, then it can be said that your are practicing greed. The same can be said when you eat more food than your body needs, increasing your weight to the extent that you endanger your life. Greed comes in many forms. From time to time, it is necessary to stop and reflect on one's action to determine if greed is being implemented in one's life, voluntarily or involuntarily.

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