Greed and attachment to money destroys people, destroys families and relationships with others was Pope Francis' message yesterday during Mass in Casa Santa Marta, the Independent Catholic News website reports today (October 22, 2013).
Commenting on the day's Gospel -- in which a man asks Jesus to intervene to resolve a problem of inheritance with his brother -- the Pope spoke about the problem of our relationship with money.
The Pope said, "This is a day-to-day problem. How many families have we seen destroyed by the problem of money? Brother against brother, father against son. This is the first result that this attitude of being attached to money does: it destroys! When a person is attached to money, he destroys himself, he destroys the family. Money destroys!"
The Pope added, Jesus tells the parable of the rich man who lives to gather "treasures for himself but is not rich in what matters to God." Jesus' warning is to stay away from any kind of greed: "That's what does harm: greed in my relationship with money. Having more, having more, having more... It leads you to idolatry, it destroys your relationship with others. It's not money, but the attitude, what we call greed."