Via Sister Lucy, a prayer overheard at vespers.
Dear Mary, Mother of God, protect all souls in bondage to wealth, passion, cupidity, lust, enviousness, sloth, spiritual pride and vanity. May we frail human creatures be released from the chains of materialism, status striving, and will to power. May the Satanic forces of marketing, of popular entertainment, the images and idols we call "celebrities" and "brands," withdraw from the earth like devils scattered before an avenging angel. Please give the Tutor and all who live in Wealth Bondage your peace that passeth understanding. In His holy name, I pray. For Phil Cubeta, who peddles and panders to the worst elements of the wealthy, taking, to flatter their vanity and to line his own pockets, what he sacrilegiously calls their "Gospel of Wealth," soften his hard heart with prevenient grace that he might yet repent, if it be thy holy will. Amen.
Well, Lucy lives in a convent, with all expenses paid. I am not so lucky. I do what I have to do to be successful. I have always found I catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Getting rich people to tell their stories while I feign interest - is that a matter in which Holy Virgin has to get involved?