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The Spirituality of Louis Even

           Louis Even, founder of MICHAEL                     Entrance of the headquarters of the Pilgrims
                                                              of St. Michael in Rougemont, Quebec Canada.
                         by Alain Pilote                      Louis Even founded an apostolate and
            It is good to explore the depth of spirituality that   institute for social justice.
        enlivened Louis Even, founder of the Pilgrims of St.
        Michael.  Without  his  solid faith in God  and an im-
        mense  love  for  his  neighbour,  Louis  Even  would   to discuss monetary reform without any mention of
        never  have  undertaken  the  work  of  educating  the   religion, and others would prefer that the magazine
        population in order to free them from the tentacles of   addressed  matters  of  religion,  without  reference  to
        financial dictatorship.                              monetary reform.
                        Ends and Means                           Yet, we all possess both a body and a soul and are
                                                             on earth only a short time. While on earth we are pil-
            Clifford Hugh Douglas, the Scottish engineer who   grims moving toward a spiritual destiny, that is, to live
        conceived the principles of Social Credit, reasoned   in union with God in Heaven forever. Material goods
        logically. He saw the problem — the chronic short-   are indeed an end, but the ultimate end is God. The
        age of purchasing power in the hands of consumers    reason for the existence of all of creation is to glorify
        — and developed a solution and remedy. Louis Even    God.
        similarly had a logical mind and ability to reason. He   Besides, the term “social credit” means that one
        immediately  understood  Douglas’  formulation  and   has confidence that one can live in society; that there
        expressed the problem and remedy in simple com-      can be mutual trust and a social order that permits
        prehensible terms.                                   not only the exchange of goods but also free circula-
            Louis  Even  saw  the  differences  between  ends   tion without fear of being attacked on the street or
        and means and understood that money is not an end    robbed by one’s neighbour. Without respect for the
        but only a symbol: a means which allows one to ob-   moral order — in other words, without religion — any
        tain products. Similarly, employment is not an end,   life in society would be impossible: disorder, revolu-
        but a means to produce goods (and If goods can be    tion, and anarchy would follow.
        made with less human labour, so much the better!).       However, even though our ultimate end is spirit-
            Louis Even continued to apply logic to the most   ual, we must remember we will be judged based on
        fundamental questions, such as: “What is the goal    love of our neighbour and on what we have done for
        and purpose of life?” The answer is obvious for those   our brothers and sisters on earth: “Depart from me,
        with faith; it is stated in catechisms from the past:  you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for
            Q. Why did God make you?                         the devil and his angels: for I was hungry, and you
                                                             did not give Me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave
            A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and     Me no drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me not
        to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him   in... Truly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it not to
        forever in the next.                                 one of these least, you did it not to Me” (Matthew 25:
            Some  people  would  like  the  journal,  MICHAEL,   31-40).                                       u                                             MICHAEL  January/February 2020      9
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