It's not about "doing good." It's about "being good."
For Lent this year, Pope Francis looked at a line from the Gospel of Matthew: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). In Part 1 of his reflection, the Holy Father’s looked at the root of the problem. In Part 2 below, the Pope answers the question “What can we do against such forces?”
Perhaps we see, deep within ourselves and all about us, the signs I have just described. But the Church, our Mother and Teacher, along with the often bitter medicine of the truth, offers us in the Lenten season the soothing remedy of prayer, almsgiving and fasting. By devoting more time to prayer, we enable our hearts to root out our secret lies and forms of self-deception, and then to find the consolation God offers. He is our Father and he wants us to live life well. Read more
For Lent this year, Pope Francis looked at a line from the Gospel of Matthew: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (24:12). In Part 1 of his reflection, the Holy Father’s examines the root of the problem. In Part 2 (next week) Pope Francis answers the question “What can we do against such forces?”
These words of Christ, recounted in the Gospel of Mathew, were spoken in Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives, where the Lord’s passion would begin. Jesus foretells a great tribulation and a situation in which the community might find itself: amid great trials, false prophets would lead people astray and the love that is the core of the Gospel would grow cold in the hearts of many.
Who are these “false prophets?” Some are “snake charmers,” who manipulate human emotions to enslave others and lead them where they would have them go. So many of God’s children are mesmerized by momentary pleasures, mistaking them for true happiness! Men and women live entranced by the dream of wealth, which makes them slaves to profit and petty interests! Many go through life believing that they are sufficient living by themselves, and end up entrapped by loneliness!