In his Thursday morning Mass, Pope Francis talked about corruption. He highlighted the dangerous path corruption can lead to, in one's mind and spirit.
"Because corruption gives you some happiness, it gives you power and it also makes you feel satisfied with yourself. But it leaves no room for the Lord or for conversion. The word 'corruption' says a lot to us these days. Not only economic corruption, but corruption with many different sins; the corruption of a pagan and worldly spirit. The worst form of corruption is the spirit of worldliness!”
The Pope then invited Christians to reflect on their own lives and whether they carry an attitude of distraction and dangerous self sufficiency.
EXCERPT OF THE POPE'S HOMILY
(Source: Vatican Radio)
"Because corruption gives you some happiness, it gives you power and also makes you feel satisfied with yourself. But it leaves no room for the Lord, for conversion. The city is corrupt ... this word 'corruption' says a lot to us today: not only economic corruption, but corruption with many different sins; the corruption of that pagan spirit, that worldly spirit. The worst [form of ] corruption is the spirit of worldliness!"
"Babylon falls because of its corruption; Jerusalem because of its distraction, its failing to welcome the Lord who comes to her rescue. She did not feel in need of salvation. She had the writings of the prophets, Moses, and this was enough. But sealed writings! She left no room for salvation: her door was closed to the Lord! The Lord was knocking at her door, but there was no willingness to receive Him, to listen, to be rescued by Him. And so she falls ..."
"When we think of the end of time, with all of our sins, with our history, let us think of the banquet which will be freely offered us and let us lift up our heads. Do not give way to depression: Hope! Reality is ugly: there are many, many people, cities and people, so many people who are suffering; many wars, so much hatred, so much envy, so much spiritual worldliness and so much corruption. Yes, it's true! All of this will fall! Let us ask the Lord for the grace to be prepared for the banquet that awaits us, always with our heads held high."