In his Thursday morning mass, Pope Francis warned against letting the pursuit of success overtake everything else in life. He said that when Christians live only for themselves, their lives can easily become failures.
"A person can win everything, but in the end become a failure. You might say, 'But no, they built him a monument, they painted his portrait …' Perhaps, but he failed beacuse he didn't choose right from wrong.”
He said people must consider God and others when making decisions. The Pope recommended people slow down, reflect and remember that God is not an enemy but someone trying to help.
EXTRACTS FROM THE HOMILY OF POPE
(Source: Vatican Radio)
"The choice is between God and other gods who do not have the power to give us anything other than trivial, pithy little things that pass. It is not easy to choose, we always have this habit of following the herd, like everyone else. Everyone and no one. Today the Church tells us: 'But, stop! Stop and choose.' This is good advice. It would do us all good to stop and think a little during the day: What is my lifestyle like? Which path am I on?"
"The search for personal success, for possessions, without a thought for the Lord, for one’s family is always the wrong path to choose. There are two questions we must ponder: How is my relationship with God and how is my relationship with my family? A person can earn everything, but in the end become a failure. He failed. That life is a failure. 'But no, they built him a monument, they painted his portrait ... ". But you failed: you did not choose well between life and death."
"'Blessed are they who hope in the Lord'. When the Lord gives us this advice - 'Stop! Choose today, choose '- He doesn’t abandon us. He is with us and wants to help us. But we have to trust Him; we have to have faith in Him. 'Blessed are they who hope in the Lord'. Today, when we stop to think about these things and make decisions, choose something, we know that the Lord is with us, beside us, helping us. He never abandons us to ourselves, never. He is always with us. Even in the moment of choosing, He is with us."