At this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House the Pope said: “The disciples argued disciples argued about who was the greatest among them: eh, careerism, eh?”. This is why Jesus teaches them “the true attitude” to have, that “of a child”
Domenico Agasso jr
RomeAt today’s mass in St. Martha’s House Pope Francis spoke out against careerism in the Church, emphasizing that it has existed ever since the early days. In fact Jesus teaches his apostles to be like children because “the disciples argued about who was the greatest among them, there was an internal dispute … eh, careerism, eh? These who were the first bishops, were tempted by careerism. ‘Eh, I want to be greater than you …,” Vatican Radio quotes Francis saying.
Ecclesiastical careerism is as old as the Church is, Francis went on to say, commenting on the Evangelical episode in which the disciples approach Christ saying: “Who then is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Thinking and saying: “‘Eh, I want to be greater than you …” was the elementary mistake bishops made. “The first bishops did not set a good example in this, but it is reality. Jesus teaches them the true attitude to have, that “of a child”: docility, the need for advice, the need for help, because the child is the very symbol of the need for help, of docility to keep going … This is the path. Not the one of who is greater”. Those who are closest to the attitude of a child, are “closer to the contemplation of the Father”.
In his homily the Pope focused on the figure of the guardian angel (today the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels): Everyone has one, “no one journeys alone and no one should think that they are alone” – continued the Pope – because “this companion” is always there, he underlined. But we must be careful, Francis urged, because “when we do not want to listen to his advice, to listen to his voice, it’s like saying, ‘Go away!’. It is dangerous to chase away our travelling companion, because no man no woman can advise themselves. I can give advice to others, but not to myself. The Holy Spirit advises me, the angel advises me. This is why we need him.”
Faith in angels is perfectly Catholic and differs from “an imaginative doctrine on the angels”: “It is what Jesus said, God said: ‘I send an angel before you to guard you, to accompany you on your journey, so you will not go wrong’.”
Francis stressed that “according to the tradition of the Church, we all have an angel with us, who protects us, helps us hear things. How often have we heard: ‘I should do this, I should not do this, that’s not right, be careful… ‘: so often! It is the voice of our traveling companion.”
Francis was adamant that “he will guide us to the end of our lives with advice, and so listen to his voice, don’t rebel against it … because rebellion, the desire to be independent, is something that we all have; this is arrogance, the same arrogance of our father Adam in paradise: the very same. Do not rebel: follow his advice.”
Finally, the Pope suggested we examine our consciences and ask ourselves: “How is my relationship with my guardian angel? Do I listen to him? Do I say good morning to him in the morning? Do I ask him: Watch over me when I sleep?’. Do I speak with him? Do I ask his advice?”