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Vanity is like an onion, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Sep 25, 2014 / 11:11 am (CNA/EWTN News) - In a colorful Thursday homily, Pope Francis highlighted the sin of vanity, saying that Christians must reject it by peeling away one layer at a time.

He cited the Desert Fathers, the saints of early Christian Egypt, who saw that “vanity is a temptation against which we must battle our whole life, because it always comes back to take the truth away from us.”

Drawing from their comparison, Pope Francis explained that vanity is “like an onion,” with layers that must be removed.

“You take it, and begin to peel it – the onion – and you peel away vanity today, a little bit tomorrow, and your whole life you’re peeling away vanity in order to overcome it.”

“And at the end you are pleased: I removed the vanity, I peeled the onion, but the odor remains with you on your hand,” he remarked in his Sept. 25 homily during morning Mass at his Casa Santa Martha residence at the Vatican. “Let us ask the Lord for the grace to not be vain, to be true, with the truth of reality and of the Gospel.”

Warning against the sin of vanity, Pope Francis compared vain Christians to soap bubbles that will soon burst or peacocks who “strut about.”

“How many Christians live for appearances? Their life seems like a soap bubble. The soap bubble is beautiful, with all its colors! But it lasts only a second, and then what?” he said.

“Even when we look at some funeral monuments, we feel its vanity, because the truth is returning to the bare earth, as the Servant of God Paul VI said. The bare earth awaits us, this is our final truth.”

“In the meantime, do I boast or do I do something? Do I do good? Do I seek God? Do I pray?” the Pope asked, urging Christians to seek these “substantial things.”

Those who do not seek substantial things “will pass like all things.”

Vanity is “a liar, a fantasist” that “deceives itself” and deceives the vain, he added. The vain man begins by pretending to be something, and ends by believing in his pretension.

“Vanity sows wicked anxiety, takes away peace,” Pope Francis said. Vanity is like someone who puts on too much makeup and fears the rain will come and wash it away.

The Pope said vain Christians sometimes say, “I am a Christian, I am related to that priest, to that sister, to that bishop; my family is a Christian family.”

However, he rejected this attitude, stressing that Jesus is the only foundation for the Christian life, and that only truth yields peace.

“What about your life with the Lord?” he asked. “How do you pray? Your life in the works of mercy, how’s that going? Do you visit the sick?” he asked.

“Jesus tells us we must build our house – that is, our Christian life – on the rock, on the truth,” he said, noting that Jesus warned that the vain “build their house on sand, and that house falls, that Christian life falls, slips, because it is not able to resist temptations.”


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KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

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KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

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KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
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May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
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April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

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 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
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Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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