Bishops urge faithful to reduce Christmas spending

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Bishop Honest Ongtioco of Cubao (Photo: CBCP News)

MANILA, Dec. 4, 2015— A Catholic bishop has called on the faithful to save money and escape excessive spending, especially during the Christmas season.

Bishop Honest Ongtioco of Cubao said the people must manage their “Christmas bonuses” well and avoid consuming more than is needed.

“Let’s be responsible. Life is hard today and we should use our blessings given to us by God wisely,” stressed the prelate.
Christmas balikbayan boxes

According to him, advertisements and Christmas sales subtly reshape the people’s desired around the material.

For his part, Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga diocese issued a similar appeal to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

He said OFWs must not try hard to fill up their “balikbayan boxes” beyond their means, while their families back home must spend the remittances responsibly.
Save more, share more

Magtabi, mag-ipon at, sa mga naiwan, palaging pahalagahan ang pinapadala ng kapamilya (Set aside, save, and have something left. Always value what your family member sends home,” he added.

Ongtioco also said instead of excessive consumption, it would be better if Filipinos would consider sharing their blessings to the needy.

“If what we receive is more than enough, there are also many who are in need. Let us share our blessings with others…This probably is a challenge and an opportunity for us to share with those who have less in life,” he said in Filipino. (CBCP News)

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