Pope Francis said sowing divisions and discord is a sickness within the Church and a person who indulges in gossip is like a terrorist who throws bombs. His comments came during his homily at his Mass today (September 4, 2015) in the chapel at Santa Marta, according to the Independent Catholic News website.
Taking his inspiration from St. Paul's letter to the Colossians where the Apostle spoke of how Christ was sent by God to sow reconciliation and peace among humanity, Pope Francis's homily was a reflection on the need to sow peace rather than discord in our daily lives.
The Pope said, "We'd do well to ask ourselves: Do I sow peace? For example, when I speak, do I sow peace or do I sow discord? How many times have we heard this said about a person: He or she has a serpent's tongue! This is because that person is always doing what the serpent did with Adam and Eve, namely destroying peace. And this is an evil, this is a sickness within our Church: sowing divisions, sowing hatred, not sowing peace. So this is a question that we should ask ourselves every day: 'Did I sow peace or did I sow discord today?'"
Christians, the Pope continued, are called therefore to be like Jesus who came among us to bring peace and reconciliation.