Pope on Epiphany: Don’t make money, career your whole life

Pope Francis, flanked by Master of Ceremonies Bishop Guido Marini, waves to the faithful during the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for "to the city and to the world" ) Christmas Day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis advised against making the pursuit of money, a career or success the basis for one’s whole life, urging in his Epiphany remarks to also resist “inclinations toward arrogance, the thirst for power and for riches.”

During a homily at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday (Jan. 6), Francis said people “often make do” with having “health, a little money and a bit of entertainment.”

He urged people to help the poor and others in need of assistance, giving freely without expecting anything in return.

Many Christians observe Epiphany to recall the three wise men who followed a star to find the baby Jesus. Francis suggested asking “what star we have chosen to follow in our lives?”

“Some stars may be bright, but do not point the way. So it is with success, money, career, honors and pleasures, when these become our lives,” the pope said, adding that path won’t ensure peace and joy.

Later, during an appearance from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Francis urged tens of thousands of faithful gathered below not to be indifferent to Jesus.

“Instead of conducting themselves in coherence with their own Christian faith, they follow the principles of the world, which lead to satisfying the inclinations toward arrogance, the thirst for power and for riches,” Francis said. He prayed instead that “the world makes progress down the path of justice and of peace.”

Francis noted that some Eastern Rite Catholic and Orthodox churches were celebrating Christmas this weekend and offered his cordial wishes to these believers.
“May this glorious celebration be a source of new spiritual vigor and of communion among us Christians,” he said.

In Istanbul, the Greek Orthodox Christian community celebrated Epiphany with the traditional blessing of the waters. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of Greek Orthodox Christians and the Archbishop of Constantinople, led the liturgy Saturday at the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George for Epiphany, commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ.

Several blessings of the waters took place across Istanbul. The ceremony consists of a cross being tossed into the water and then retrieved by swimmers.

In many places in Europe, Epiphany is a day when children receive gifts or enjoy special entertainment. Rome’s Piazza Navona is famed for a holiday market with many toy stalls.

Children believe the Befana witch on a broom brings toys for the well-behaved, while those who haven’t behaved get lumps of charcoal.

For crowd control and security, visitors this year to Piazza Navona patiently underwent metal detector checks. Authorities counted those entering the vast oval space to ensure there were no more than 12,000 at a time.

On city sidewalks throughout Spain, parents and their children came out to enjoy the day. On Epiphany eve Friday, streets across Spain were packed with families watching Epiphany parades with decorative floats, camels, clowns and jugglers. Some performers tossed candy to the crowds.

In recent years, security for Epiphany and other holidays has been tightened in Madrid and Barcelona amid fears of potential terror attacks, with large vehicles banned from streets near the parades.

Francis also recalled traditions such as in Poland, where many families join in processions recalling the three wise men, also known as the three kings or Magi. In some countries, Epiphany and not Christmas is the holiday to exchange gifts among loved ones.

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  • Don’t make money and career your whole life…

    Says the guy who made his career his whole life, standing next to a golden cross.

  • The Catholic Church should recognize that religious patriarchy is cultural rather than dogmatic and start ordaining women to the sacramental priesthood. This would be a new “epiphany” and a significant contribution to the process of overcoming the patriarchal culture of male domination and female subordination that derives from original sin (Genesis 3:16) and has done so much social and ecological harm. There is no dogmatic impediment, and the Church has full authority to mediate all vocations after the resurrection. The forthcoming synod of bishops in October 2018 would be an opportunity to let go of religious patriarchy, a process that started with the apostolic decision to cancel the circumcision requirement for baptism (Acts 15:28). See the following for background information pertaining to this crucial issue:

    Consubstantial Complementarity of Man and Woman

    Religious Patriarchy in the Judeo-Christian Tradition

  • You’re good Lord Burpalot and you’re surrounded by Trump advisers
    supervising four villages. How do you know who is telling you the truth?

    A company can’t maximize their overhead and profit coverage if they hit
    more often than dummy and a free market comes to an equilibrium around
    five bidders and 15 or more players. A monopoly means half as much as
    for 20% more and the state is a monopoly.

    First stop, Bannonite. Three referees, fifteen free market players, and nobody sitting on the bench.

    Second stop, Kelly Clarkson, Four referees, 12 free market players, and two leeches sucking off Napolean’s hemmoriods.

    Third stop, Nikki’s Haley Comet, five referees, nine free market players, and four state department bums

    Fourth stop, McMasterville, six referees, six brothels, and six useless

    The only reliable economic statistic is one state job costs six
    free market jobs. Jesus was a tea party movement and pope francis is an anti-pope!

  • Not so sure about helping the poor. The reason perhaps most rich people are rich is they work very hard. Besides, if the Pope says don’t make money a goal, that leads to people being poor.
    Being poor doesn’t prevent people from being happy. I worked at a soup kitchen. Countless able bodied people too lazy to work, throwing half the food on their plates (typically the healthy fruit and vegetables) into the trash.

  • Philo, of the Alexandria Israelites, kicked a touchdown
    Buddha by reconciling Greek and Roman philosophy with God. The proverbs game was on the line. What would Caligula do?

    Thanks to the Flavians, one could make the argument that Jesus was a Roman creation that did such a good job of dividing the Jews that the Roman Empire was very peaceful from 70AD to 180AD. Titus called himself the son of God and God was his Ronald Reagan like dad. Emperor Vespasian is famous for saying “Damn it! I’m becoming a God!”. Titus Flavius Josephus wrote the History of the Roman Jewish War which matched the first three Gospels.

    Do you nestle by my bar stool?
    Making me so calm within
    Have you touch me with your warmness
    or have I wet myself again?

    Are you drinkin’ with me Jesus?
    I can’t see you very clear
    if you’re drinkin’ with me Jesus
    would you buy a friend a beer?

    But does your head pound with the message
    as hung over you do rise?
    Tell me what does heaven look like, Jesus?
    Seen through holy bloodshot eyes

    Or should we take a taxi home Jesus
    But can we simply hoof it from here?
    I know you can walk on the water
    But can you walk on this much beer?

    Are you drinkin’ with me Jesus?
    I can’t see you very clear
    if you’re drinkin’ with me Jesus
    would you buy a friend a beer?

    Are you drinkin’ with me Jesus?
    I can’t see you very clear
    if you’re drinkin’ with me Jesus
    would you buy a friend a beer?
    God Damn it Jesus! Buy me a fricking beer!

    Yo St. Nick, I’m a flavian.

  • You shall be servant of servants. You shall love robbery, lewdness,
    and your fellow Canaanites but hate everyone else and never tell the
    truth. Cannibals are canaanites who worship baal.

    Thanks to the curse and will of canaan, all conspiracies are the same
    conspiracy…if you become a high level Judeo-Mason, Zohar will go over
    everything with you.

    The books of Zohar were written in 70AD in response to the Flavian creation.

  • He shows up every once in a while, usuallywith a new identity but the same ain’t-I-clever garbage.

  • Too much to unpack in your statement but there is a healthy spattering of victim blaming.

  • How so? Who do you believe are
    “victims?” The poor? If so, how are they victims? I don’t consider them victims, rather the product of their choices. Please, do tell.

  • Lovely catch phrase to hide behind “too much to unpack,” but YOU are the one who chose to reply and YOU are the one who chose to label them victims. Why don’t you at least therefore have the courtesy to answer yes or no if it is the poor you consider victims and we can leave it at that? So, final question. In your opinion is the reason, or one of the primary reasons the poor are poor because though they are responsible, hard workers, they are victims of the rich?