In his catechesis on old age, the Pope reflected on the book of Ecclesiastes, which “teaches us to unmask the covert deception of the pseudo-truths of our time.”
He said that “we have become a tired society, because progress and welfare lacking in justice have robbed us of the energy to do good” and that “the elderly who, after having experienced so many things in their lives, are capable to keep the passion for justice intact, they teach us that there is still hope for love and for faith, which protects us from disenchantment”.
SUMMARY OF THE POPE’S CATECHESIS IN SPANISH
Dear brothers and sisters:
Today we meditate on the passage from the book of Ecclesiastes or Cohélet, in which there is the phrase: “everything is vanity and running after the wind”, which warns us of the nonsense that supposes a knowledge separated from justice.
The elderly who, after having experienced so many things in their lives, are able to keep their passion for justice intact, teach us that there is still hope for love and faith, which protects us from disenchantment.
In our world, the cynicism of crazed and ideologized reason is present, which is based only on “scientific truth”, without sensitivity or morality, that is, without a passion for justice.
This cynical and irresponsible reason paralyzes the soul with the temptation of the omnipotence of knowledge. We have become a tired society, because progress and well-being lacking in justice have robbed us of the energy to do good.
That is why, although science advances, war continues to wreak havoc. In Christian antiquity this vanity of knowledge was given the name of acedia. The book of Ecclesiastes teaches us to unmask the covert deception of the pseudo-truths of our time, in order to enthusiastically adhere to the Beatitude that Jesus promises to those who never lose their hunger and thirst for justice.
I cordially greet the Spanish-speaking pilgrims. Let us ask the Lord to preserve us from disenchantment and grant us the wisdom and good humor of the elderly so that we never stop working for justice. God bless you. Thank you very much.