25 June 2016
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia

  • mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato


    » 05/05/2014, 00.00

    VATICAN

    Pope: Follow Jesus out of love, not vanity, to find power or make money



    There are people in the Church who give alms or fast "just to be seen doing it", the "climbers" and "many" who " presented themselves as Church benefactors, but took a lot of money and not always clean money".

    Vatican City ( AsiaNews ) - We must follow Jesus "out of love" and not, as often happens, "to show off", nor out of a thirst for power or to make money, such as those who presented themselves "as benefactors of the Church, but instead took a lot of money and not always clean money".  This was Pope Francis' warning at morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, commenting on the Gospel passage in which Jesus rebukes the people who sought him out just because they had sated themselves after the multiplication of the loaves and fishes.

    Vatican Radio reports the Pope invited those present to question whether they follow the Lord for love or for some benefit. "Because we are all sinners and there is always something we seek, that needs to be purified in following Jesus and we must work within ourselves to follow Him out of love". "Jesus mentions three attitudes that are not good in following Him, or seeking God.  First is vanity". This refers to those notables, those "leaders" who give alms or fast just to be seen". These leaders wanted to be seen, they liked - to use the right word - they liked to show off and behaved like real peacocks! That's how they were. And Jesus said, 'No, no, this is wrong. Vanity is not good'. And sometimes, we do things to be seen, a little vain. This is dangerous, vanity, because it makes us immediately slip on pride, arrogance, and then everything ends up there. So I ask: How do I follow Jesus? The good things that I do, do I do them secretly or do I like to be seen doing them?". "And I also think of us, us pastors" because "a vain pastor is not good for the people of God": he may be he a priest or bishop, but "he does not follow Jesus" if "he is vain".

    "The other thing that Jesus rebukes of those who follow him is power". "Some follow Jesus, a few, not entirely consciously, somewhat unconsciously, in search of power, no? The clearest is John and James, the sons of Zebedee, who asked Jesus for the grace to be the first minister and deputy prime minister, when the Kingdom comes. And there are climbers in the Church! There are so many, that are knocking at the door of the Church ... But if you like it [climbing], go north and climb the Alps, it is far healthier! Do not come to Church to climb! And Jesus rebukes those climbers who seek power". "Only when the Holy Spirit comes do the disciples change. But sin remains in our Christian life, and it would do us good to ask ourselves: How do I follow Jesus? For Him alone, even to the Cross, or do I seek power and use the Church a little', the Christian community, the parish, the diocese to have a little power?".

    "The third thing that distances us from having good intentions is money". "Those who follow Jesus for the money, with money, trying to benefit economically from the parish, the diocese, the Christian community, hospital, college ... Think of the first Christian community, which was tempted in this way, Simon, Ananias and Sapphira ... This temptation was there from the beginning, and we have encountered so many good Catholics, good Christians, friends, benefactors of the Church, who even received so many different honors ... many! Only for it to be discovered that they had made obscure deals: they were real opportunists, and they made a lot of money! They presented themselves as benefactors of the Church, and took a lot of money and not always clean money".

    "We ask the Lord for the grace - concluded the Pope - that the Holy Spirit give us to follow Him with good intentions: only Him. Without vanity, without the desire for power and without the desire for money".

     

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    17/01/2014 VATICAN
    Pope: Christians and the temptation to "sell ourselves" to be "normal" and "like everyone else"
    In the homily at Mass in Santa Marta, Pope Francis warns Christians against the "worldly normality", which forgets the election we have received and induces us to live with an "inferiority complex" not being "normal people " . In order not to fall into this trap, it is important to open our hearts to the Word of God, to walk the "true" path.

    15/03/2016 12:00:00 VATICAN
    Pope: Salvation comes from Christ’s' suffering, which defeated "the ancient serpent" forever

    To know how much God loves us, we only have to contemplate the Crucifix: a tortured man, a God," emptied of divinity"," dirtied" by sin. But a God whose self-abasement forever destroys the real name of evil, that which Revelation calls "the ancient serpent".

     



    29/02/2016 14:30:00 VATICAN
    Pope: Salvation doesn’t come from clerical or political power, but from "small things"

    "It would do us good to make a bit 'of time - today, tomorrow – and read the Beatitudes, read Matthew 25, and be careful about what happens in our heart: if there is something of disdain and ask the Lord for the grace to understand that the only way of salvation is the 'folly of the Cross', that is, the annihilation of the Son of God”.



    25/02/2016 13:36:00 VATICAN
    Pope: true faith is seeing Jesus in the poor person who knocks at our door

    Commenting on the parable of the rich man, Francis notes that the Gospel he does not mention his name. "This wealth, this is power, this can accomplish anything, this is a priest with a career, a bishop with a career ... How often do we too do this... label people with adjectives, not names, because they have no substance."

     



    23/02/2016 14:17:00 VATICAN
    Pope: Christianity is "concrete", it is not a religion "of mere talk" but "of action"

    God says: "relieve the oppressed, do right by the orphan, plead for the widow." "This is the Christian life. Instead, mere talk leads to vanity, to that empty pretense of being Christian – but no, that way one is not a Christian at all".





    Editor's choices

    CHINA - VATICAN
    Vatican silence over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin causing confusion and controversy

    Bernardo Cervellera

    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.


    CHINA – VATICAN
    Mgr Ma Daqin: the text of his “confession”

    Mons. Taddeo Ma Daqin

    Four years after quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishop of Shanghai “admits” his faults on his blog, praising the organisation that controls the Church. We publish his article, almost in its entirety. Translation by AsiaNews.


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®