|"Only I can help you..."|
Many times Popes, subtly and in discrete ways reveal the true depths of their hearts and the real condition in the Church and the world. St. Pope John Paul II a few years before his death spoke of the "silent apostasy". Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the crisis of faith.... now, we have Pope Francis speaking once again, of an "apostasy".
The Holy Father spoke these astonishing words in his daily Meditation on April 20th, 2015.
...And then the third temptation, “the apostasy: namely, the adoration of idols”. This too “is an everyday temptation of Christians, ours, of all of us who are the Church: the temptation not of power, of the Spirit’s power, but the temptation of worldly power”.
...Herein lies “our daily temptation: slipping toward worldliness, toward power, and hence, faith, the mission weaken. The Church weakens”.
...Francis asked the Lord “to grant us this grace of astonishment of the encounter and also that He help us not to fall to the spirit of worldliness, which is that spirit which, behind or under a superficial layer of Christianity, will lead us to live as pagans”.