Thursday, 5 March 2015

“The rich man had a car with tinted windows”

Pope Francis: “The rich man had a car with tinted windows”

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At this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, Francis said: “He saw only into his life”; “worldliness transforms souls, it makes them lose consciousness of the reality” of their poor neighbours


Worldliness darkens the soul and makes us unable to see the poor living beside us, with all their hardships. Commenting on the Gospel story of the rich man who goes to hell, “there are two judgements,” the Pope said. “a curse for the man who trusts in the world and a blessing for those who trust in the Lord.” The rich man turns his heart away from God, “his soul is empty,” a “salt and desolate land,” for, “the worldly, truth be told, are alone with their selfishness”. The worldly have “a heart that is sick, so attached to this worldly way of life that it could only be healed with great difficulty.” The Pope underlined that, while the poor man had a name, Lazarus, the rich man in the account does not. “[The rich man] had no name, because the worldly lose their name. They are just one of the crowd affluent, who do not need anything. The worldly lose their name.” These were Francis’ words at this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, Vatican Radio reports.
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