“I tell you the truth, I am convinced that if each one of us would purposely avoid gossip, at the end, we would become a saint! It’s a beautiful path!” These words and similar ones on gossip are heard often from Pope Francis. An article in a secular newspaper mentions the direction the Church is making with 'poverty'-- the words of a columnist who mentions Fr, Jin Seul-ki, who wrote a book titled: You Can be a Saint By Not Backbiting. A collection of the sayings of the pope.
Jin Seul-ki a Korean priest who is in Rome studying philosophy at the
Pontifical Gregorian University translated a collection of the pope's
saying under the title You Can Be A Saint.... He has also uploaded the
pope's sermons to YouTube with Korean subtitles, and in the book he has the video clips with QR code, for those who want to access the
Francis has continued to express the need for the Church to identify
with the poor of society. The article mentions the talk he gave to
the priests and religious in Naples. He said diocesan priests do not
take the vow of poverty but they should live the spirit of poverty. When profit comes into the parish life we dirty the message.
He also spoke
of the danger of attachment to worldly goods. He said when priests or
religious are attached to money, they will prefer people with
money. In a humorous aside, the Pope told of a woman who was so
attached to money that when she fainted someone suggested putting 100
pesos under her nose to awake her.
also was very pointed about poverty when he talked to the bishops and
priests in Korea. When he was asked how he viewed the Korean Church
he answered: "Your Church is a growing Church, a wonderful evangelizing
Church, a big Church. With the prophetic mission of the Church you
don't want to exclude the poor. A Church rich and for the rich, a
Church of well-being is not the Church you want to be." These words were
sharp and bitter to hear.
one of the talks the columnist mentions the pope said: when we
are too interested in money and its benefits we lose our freedom to
speak the truth.
concludes his column by stating that the religious groups are busy determining how they are to become transparent in the use of monies. People want to see clergy live a poorer life style, and reminds us
that here we have the original thinking of all religions.