Looking at someone in this way, considering only what they have and what we don’t have, “leads to bitterness, a bitterness that spreads throughout the whole community,” the pontiff stated, referring to people with this mentality as “sowers of bitterness.”
A second approach which “brings jealousy and envy, are rumors,” revealed the Pope, emphasizing that when a person sees someone else who has something that they want, the solution is often to put the other person down” so that “I am a bit higher up.”
“Gossip” is a tool that is frequently used in this situation, observed the Pope, noting that behind every rumor, “there is jealousy and envy.”
“Gossip divides the community, destroys the community. Rumors are the weapons of the devil.”
“How many beautiful Christian communities were getting along well” but were divided because one member allowed the “worm of jealousy and envy” to enter their heart, the pontiff lamented.
With this jealousy comes “sadness, resentment and gossip,” he explained, highlighting that a person under the influence of envy “kills.”
Bringing his reflections to a close, Pope Francis asked for prayer for “our Christian communities so that this seed of jealousy will not be sown between us, so that envy will not take root in our heart” or “in the heart of our communities, so we can move forward with praise to the Lord, praising the Lord with joy.”
“It is a great grace, the grace of not falling into sadness, being resentful, jealous and envious."