Pope at Santa Marta warns against making idols out of God's gifts: intelligence, will, love
During his homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis warned against idolatry, referencing the Israelites, who, after being freed from Egypt, created golden idols instead of worshiping the living God.
He explained that idols aren't limited to statues, but are all those things that keep a person away from God.
When we do things that lead us to idolatry, we become attached to things that distance us from God. We make another god with the gifts that the Lord has given us, with our intelligence, our will, our love, our heart.
The pope reminded Christians to ask for the grace to recognize their own idols. He said if one can't completely throw one's idols away, it's important to at least keep them in a corner, where they do less damage.
SUMMARY OF POPE'S HOMILY
“It was a true apostasy. From the Living God to idolatry, not knowing how to wait for the Living God. This nostalgia is an illness, which is ours. We begin to walk enthusiastically toward freedom, but then the complaining begins: ‘This is really difficult. It's a desert. I’m thirsty. I want water. I want meat. In Egypt we ate good things. There's nothing here.’”
“This mechanism also happens to us. When we do things that lead us to idolatry, we become attached to things that distance us from God. We make another god with the gifts that the Lord has given us: with our intelligence, our will, our love, our heart. We use God’s very gifts to make idols.”
“May the Lord not find us at the end of our lives and say to us: ‘You apostatized. You deviated from the way that I marked out. You prostrated yourself before an idol.’ We ask the Lord for the grace of recognizing our own idols.”