Spiritual worldliness is a word seen often in our reading of Pope Francis. In an article in the Kyeongyang magazine a priest professor explains in detail what this temptation to spiritual worldliness means.
have many problems in society and we who are Christians often pay
little attention to what is happening. We are afflicted with a great
case of apathy. We are taken up with ourselves and our needs, too much on our own plate to be concerned with others.
uses the Sewol disaster as an example of this apathy. Certain elements
in society have heard enough talk about the tragedy, and when it comes
up they coldly dismiss it: the very word is odious to hear and makes
Last year within Catholicism was a petition
to gather names of those who wanted to make known the truth about the
Sewol tragedy. The priest shows that only 130 thousand participated out
of the 5 million Catholics. Since only about 20 percent attend Mass on
Sundays that leaves only about one million 150 thousand that practice.
With these figure he says the 130 thousand that participated are only
about 11 percent of the number of practicing Catholics. However, he understands for one reason or another, many did not see the
petition so raises the number of those who would have
participated to 20 percent of the practicing Catholics. This
tells us a great deal about our Catholicism, he laments.
has made clear in his visit to Korea that there is no neutrality when faced with suffering. We have to go outside our own
interests to the poor and hurting. He wanted the Korean Church to see
the temptation of prosperity and being concerned only with oneself, and not see the ones who are crying. We can't be the Church of
Jesus if we have a spirituality of the world.
are all around us seeking an opportunity to approach. No longer are they
seen as ugly but are refined and attractive with the cloak of
efficiency, success and prosperity. Our eyes should be turned to our neighbor but are turned to ourselves. When we are concerned with the needs of others we are not ignoring ourselves but more concerned about ourselves. St. Ignatius said that when we are far from self-love, self-will, self interest and our rights, we grow as persons and spiritually.