Cordoba, Spain, Sep 17, 2022 / 07:00 am
In his weekly pastoral letter, Bishop Demetrio Fernández González of Córdoba, Spain, said that the desire for money, dreaming about a big checking account, and getting ourselves into a good financial situation “takes us away from God, dulls our soul, and distances us from the poor and needy.”
“Money grabs our attention and, if we let ourselves go, avarice overtakes us, which can destroy other great values in our lives,” he stressed in his Sept. 15 pastoral letter.
Fernández reflected on the Gospel warning “you cannot serve God and money” and noted that although “the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not the enemy of money,” it warns us that “it’s a danger.”
The prelate said that “the Gospel constantly invites us to voluntary poverty, looking to Christ.” It is a poverty that, far from enslaving or degrading the human being, “taken up with love, makes us free, empties us of ourselves more and more, makes us like Jesus Christ.”