The love of money is the root of all evil -- that stark warning contained in St. Paul's first letter to Timothy -- was at the heart of Pope Francis' homily yesterday at his morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta, the Independent Catholic News website reports today (September 21, 2013).
Reflecting on the way in which greed can corrupt our hearts and weaken our faith, the Pope stressed we can never serve God and money at the same time.
Money, the Pope continued, sickens our minds, poisons our thoughts, even poisons our faith, leading us down the path of jealousy, quarrels, suspicion, and conflict. While money begins by offering a sense of well-being, if we are not careful wealth can quickly lead to vanity, self-importance, and the sin of pride.
Instead of focusing on money, the Pope said, we should strive for justice, piety, faith, and charity, as well as the gifts of patience and meekness which are the ways of the Lord. Pope Francis concluded with the wish that God will help each one of us to avoid falling into the trap of making money our idol.