VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Spending too much time looking in the mirror makes men and women conceited and focused on how their appearance, rather than their behavior, affects others, Pope Francis said.
When vanity becomes a part of life, “you begin to dialogue with the mirror with an attitude that is almost or totally narcissistic, arriving at a self-referential pathology,” the pope said Dec. 18 during a video conference call with students from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.
“I think we must be very careful when we try to judge ourselves,” he said. “We must be careful to not fall into the evaluation of the mirror because it will deceive us, it always deceives us.”
Of hundreds of questions for the pope submitted by students, eight were selected. One student from the Jesuit-run university asked Pope Francis what kind of image he had of himself.
The pope said that with the exception of brushing his hair or washing his face, “I try not to look at myself in the mirror.”
“It is something you have to beware of constantly because vanity can catch you anywhere,” he said.
Instead, Pope Francis said he tries “once or twice a day” to look inside himself and reflect on “things that I have heard throughout the day, in the things that have happened within me.”
He also said it was important to “judge myself by what I have done, the decisions I have made, or the attitude that I have had.”
“I think I am a sinner who God has loved very much and still loves. And this makes me very happy,” Pope Francis said.
Join the CatholicPhilly.com family
CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you and hundreds of other people become part of our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community and sustain CatholicPhilly.com as your trusted news source. Thank you in advance!
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
PREVIOUS: German churches act as buffer for refugees with sanctuary program
NEXT: Chaldean archbishop: Iraqi Christians fear another wave of persecution
The Holy Father never fails to give encouragement and a deeper look at how I can live as a proud Catholic. May the Lord bless him richly in the New Year.