Vatican City, Aug 7, 2019 / 03:26 am
Pope Francis Wednesday criticized those who give more consideration to money than the sacraments or helping others find true wealth – a relationship with Jesus Christ.
"How many times do I think of this when I see some parishes where it is thought that money is more important than the sacraments! Please! A poor Church: let us ask the Lord for this," the pope said Aug. 7.
The Gospel teaches to not put trust in financial resources, but in "the true wealth" that is a relationship with Jesus Christ, he said. "We are indeed – as St. Paul would say – 'poor, but capable of enriching many; as people who have nothing and instead possess everything.'"
"And we, each of us, what do we own? What is our wealth, our treasure? What can we make others rich with?" he asked.