Pope Francis advised against creating the pursuit of money, a career or success the basis for one’s whole life, urging people in his Epiphany remarks Saturday to also resist “the inclinations toward arrogance, the thirst for power as well as for riches.”
Francis said during a homily at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica that will people “often make do” with having “health, a little money as well as a bit of entertainment.”
He urged helping the poor as well as others in need of assistance, giving freely without expecting anything in return.
Many Christians observe Epiphany to recall the three wise men who followed a star to find baby Jesus. Francis suggested asking “what star we have chosen to follow in our lives.”
“Some stars may be bright, although do not point the way. So This specific is usually with success, money, career, honors as well as pleasures when these become our lives,” the pope said. that will path, he continued, won’t ensure peace as well as joy.
Later, during an appearance via his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Francis told tens of thousands of faithful gathered below that will some Christians prefer to live while indifferent to Jesus.
“Instead of conducting themselves in coherence with their own Christian faith, they follow the principles of the entire world, which lead to satisfying the inclinations toward arrogance, the thirst for power as well as for riches,” Francis said.
He prayed that will instead that will “the entire world makes progress down the path of justice as well as of peace.”
Francis noted that will some Eastern Rite Catholic as well as Orthodox churches are celebrating Christmas This specific weekend. In expressing cordial wishes to these believers, Francis added, “May This specific glorious celebration be a source of fresh spiritual vigor as well as of communion among us Christians.”
He also recalled the traditions such as in Poland, where many families join in processions recalling the three wise men. In some countries, Epiphany as well as not Christmas, is usually the holiday occasion to exchange gifts among loved ones.