Pope Francis: riches and worldly cares suffocate life

Human life is fixed on three pillars: the past, the present, and the future. But people often remain trapped in the past, and stifled by anxieties in the present, by the desire to accumulate riches, forgetting that they are children of God. That was the reflection offered by Pope Francis this morning, as he celebrated Mass in the chapel at the Casa Santa Marta. “Riches and worldly anxieties choke the Word of God and do not allow it to grow . . . they deprive us of time.” So, the Pope said, we forget that the pillar of the past is the election of the Lord; the pillar of the future is the journey towards the promise of God; the pillar of the present is “our response to this Father who is so good.” With …

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