In yesterday’s morning homily, Pope Francis spoke on the theme of vanity. In one notable section, he asked: “How many Christians live for appearances? Their life seems like a soap bubble. The soap bubble is beautiful, with all its colours! But it lasts only a second, and then what?”
Those familiar with the Two Standards meditation might have the temptations of riches, honor, and pride in mind when they continue reading the pope’s thoughts on vanity. Pope Francis said vanity, “sows wicked anxiety, takes away peace. It’s like those who put on too much make-up, and then are afraid the rain” might come.
For more about the Two Standards, view this video with Kevin O’Brien, SJ.