Pope Francis dedicates catechesis to the vice of greed

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24/01/2024
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During Wednesday's catechesis, Pope Francis reflected on the problem of greed. He said that “it corrupts man's will, inclining him to set his heart on material goods.” For a remedy, he proposed what the “holy monks of the desert” suggested, that is to “meditate on one's own death and realize that the relationship with personal possessions is only an appearance, an illusion, because nothing of this world belongs to us.”

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH:

Dear brothers and sisters,

In our catechesis on the virtues and the vices, we now turn to greed, as an undue attachment to wealth, which hinders us from being generous with regard to others. Greed is not simply a selfish hoarding of money or material objects, but a distorted relationship with reality and even a form of enslavement.

The Desert Fathers saw greed as an attempt to avoid facing the reality of death, which is opposed to Jesus’ advice to accumulate treasures in heaven rather than earthly goods (cf. Mt 6:19-20). May our use of the world’s goods always be marked by evangelical freedom, responsibility and a spirit of generous solidarity, in imitation of Christ himself, who, though he was rich, became poor for our sakes, so that by his poverty, we might become rich (cf. 2 Cor 8:9).

I extend a warm welcome to the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially the groups from Scotland, Korea and the United States of America. Upon all of you, and upon your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!

JRB
TR: KG

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