Author: Elise Harris
ROME - Honoring cardinals and other bishops who died in 2018, Pope Francis Saturday said attaining heaven means letting go of worldly affairs, looking to others and serving them instead of focusing on one’s own appearance.
“Everything that the world runs after and then parades - honor, power, appearances, glory - passes away and leaves nothing behind,” the pope said Nov. 3, adding that detachment from worldly appearances “is essential to our preparation for heaven.”
“We need to say no to the ‘cosmetic culture’ that tells us to worry about how we look,” he said. “Instead of our outward appearance that passes away, we should purify and keep custody of our heart, our inner self, which is precious in the eyes of God.”
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