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How hard it is for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God

· Benedict XVI at the Angelus in St Peter's Square ·

The relationship between wealth and holiness is the topic of the reflection that the Pope proposed to the faithful gathered yesterday, Sunday 14 October, in St Peter's Square, for the usual Sunday event of the Angelus. Referring to the episode recounted in Mark's Gospel, Benedict XVI thus took up a subject that has often given rise to questions. There is no direct relationship between an abundance of possessions and the impossibility, for rich people to take the path of holiness. It all depends, the Pope noted, on the use they make of them. Yet, the Pope said, repeating Jesus' teaching, “how hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!”; but he then also recalled that what is impossible for men is not impossible for God. “The prosperous”, he pointed out, must not be so attached to their possessions as to “neglect their own salvation”; indeed they should use it “in an evangelical way”, in order to obtain “the fullness of life”. Moreover, “The history of the Church is full of examples of rich people who used their possessions in an evangelical way, even attaining holiness”. Lastly, the Pope mentioned the beatification in Prague of Frederic Bachstein and of the 13 Friars Minor who shared in his martyrdom.

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