PASAY City, May 31, 2015—Let those who regard themselves too highly and are ungiving beware: They might lose their only chance of salvation, according to a prelate.
In his homily, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas told participants of the 2nd New Evangelization Conference and Catholic Expo on Sunday, May 30, at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, that pride and selfishness are two common defects that prevent Christians from earning their heavenly reward.
“The proud can never know God …There can be no [true] encounter between God and a man oozing with pride,” said the chief pastor of Pangasinan, who also heads the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
Self as god
According to him, the proud man only has himself as “god,” stressing how humility is a virtue the faithful must strive to have if they want to know God more intimately.
Villegas further noted that people who refuse to give of themselves, who are spiritual misers, also endanger their hope of eternal life since their stinginess draws them away from a God who is Pure Generosity Himself.
God of giving
“Kuripot [stingy] is one adjective that cannot be attached to God … God is generous … God loves us by giving all,” explained Villegas, urging all to make giving and sharing a habit as these bring them closer to the Lord.
“You can only bring to heaven what you have given on earth. What you keep and retain on earth you will leave on earth. What you share on earth you will find in heaven. And when you give up everything here on earth, you are going to reap every harvest in heaven,” he said.
The prelate told the delegates not to be afraid of acting like Christ, and of doing what Jesus would do in a given situation.
Be not afraid
“Do not be afraid to act like Christ. Do not be afraid to do what Jesus would do, because what he would do is your only way to happiness,” he added.
Moreover, Villegas invited the faithful to always remember that their mind, heart, and body must belong to God. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)