Spanish bishop calls on laity to “overcome idolatry of comfort”

.- In order to mark the celebration of Lay Apostolate and Catholic Action Day on the feast of Pentecost, Bishop Jesus Garcia Burillo of Avila, Spain, called on the laity to be docile to the Holy Spirit in today’s world in order to overcome the idolatry of comfort.

“In today’s world, the Holy Spirit urges you to deeply live the virtue of hope, to overcome the idolatry of comfort, unrestrained consumerism, the exclusive demanding of one’s own rights, and the neglect of those most in need.  Only faith in Jesus Christ, a faith and a life in conformity with Gospel values, can bring about a radical change in the current circumstances,” the bishop said.

In his pastoral letter entitled, “Builders of Hope,” Bishop Garcia Burillo expressed dismay that sometimes “God and moral values are not given importance and are sometimes even scorned and considered useless and obsolete.”

Likewise he pointed out that many people, “influenced by the cultural fads of the day, have embraced religious indifference, secularization, practical atheism, moral and ethical relativism.  They live as if God did not exist.”

Nevertheless, “overcoming fear and all obstacles, we feel we are sent to the world” to “announce hope” to people. “We are urged on by the power of the Spirit to break down indifference, estrangement from God, and the agnosticism and disbelief which sometimes marks the lives of many people.”

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 23, 2014

Wednesday within the Octa ve of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:8-15


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Acts 3:1-10
Gospel:: Lk 24:13-35

Saint of the Day

St. Adalbert of Prague »


Homily of the Day

Mt 28:8-15


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: