Posted by Deborah Castellano Lubov on 11 January, 2017
A recipe for an empty life: keep being worldly.
Francis expressed this advice during this morning’s General Audience in
the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, as he continued his series of catecheses on
the theme of Christian hope.
Holy Father drew inspiration from the Scriptures teaching that along
with authentic hope, born of trust in God’s word, we can be tempted by
false hopes and worldly idols, like money, power or physical beauty.
his remarks, Francis departed from his text to lament how a women he
knew in Argentina, who was very beautiful, said that she had an abortion
because she would not risk that having the baby, would make her body
“Hope in God demands strength and perseverance, whereas these false gods promise an easy security, a future we can control.”
Recalling the Psalm’s message from this
morning’s reading, Francis stressed: “If one places one’s hope in idols,
one becomes like them: empty images with hands that do not touch, feet
that do not walk, mouths that cannot speak.”
When this happens, he lamented, people lose their ability to speak, help, change things, smile, give of themselves, and love.
“And we also, men of the Church, run this
risk when we become ‘worldly.’ It is necessary to remain in the world,
but to defend oneself from the illusions of the world,” he warned.
As the Psalm continues, the Jesuit Pope highlighted, “it is necessary to trust and hope in God, and God will give a blessing.”
trusting in God’s word and hoping in His promises, he encouraged, we
become more and more like Him, sharing in His life and rejoicing in His
provident care. Stressing that the Lord is always mindful of us, Francis
noted that this is the case even in awful moments.
hope “never” disappoints, he warned that idols “always” disappoint,” he
stressed. “They are fantasies, not reality. Behold the stupendous
reality of hope: trusting in the Lord one becomes like Him, His blessing
transforms us into His children, who share His life.”
Francis concluded, saying that hope in God “makes us enter, so to
speak, into being always actively remembered by Him, which blesses us
and saves us.”