These reflections are a result of more than 40 years of ministry as a Roman Catholic priest. Most of these years I spent in the Diocese of Charlotte which covers Western North Carolina. Now I am retired, and live in Medellín, Colombia where I continue to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellín.

The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the Apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. (Acts 4:32-37)
That very first community doesn’t sound like an endorsement of capitalism or free enterprise. It sounds very much like a commune. Maybe faith in the Risen Lord is not about getting ahead of your neighbors or making a nest egg for your retirement, but rather taking care of widows and orphans, the poor, and those no one else wants to welcome.