“The Spirit, the living memory of the church, reminds us that we are born from a gift and that we grow by giving, not by holding on, but by giving of ourselves,” Pope Francis told Christians worldwide in his homily from St. Peter’s Basilica on Pentecost Sunday.
He alerted believers to “three enemies” that are “always lurking at the door of our hearts” and “prevent us from giving ourselves”: narcissism, victimhood and pessimism. He noted that these enemies are particularly evident during the coronavirus pandemic. Francis explained that “narcissism makes us idolize ourselves, to be concerned only with what is good for us. The narcissist thinks: ‘Life is good if I profit from it’.” He said we see “how wrong” narcissism is during the pandemic, when there is a temptation to “think only of our own needs, to be indifferent to those of others, and not to admit our own frailties and mistakes.”
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