.- Archbishop LluÃs MartÃnez Sistach of Tarragona, Spain, is warning Catholics that the enormous amount of consumerism that is prevalent in the days before Christmas leads to an agnosticism that âpushes having and not being.â
The Spanish prelate emphasized in his weekly Sunday letter that it is easy to see the influence money, extravagance, and comfort have on people, and that âthis is why a practical materialism has overtaken society.â
This materialism, he added, âleads to religious indifference and agnosticism.â
Archbishop Sistach warned that âour society does not lead us to authentically enjoy lifeâ and that âthe emptiness and disillusionment that people feel inside is growing every day.â
He said he was hopeful because of growing signs of a âreaction against this that seeks to build and rejoice in a culture of life and love,â which he identified with a true celebration of the season of Advent and Christmas.