Only ‘God’s poor’ are blessed – priest

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Augustinian priest Fr. Noel Cogasa sprinkles holy water on faithful after Mass at the Basilica de Sto. Niño de Cebu.. (Photo: Eileen Ballesteros)

CEBU City, Sept. 9, 2016 – An Augustinian priest exhorted the faithful to practice the Gospel values in order to be “God’s poor”, noting that not everyone who is materially improverished is blessed.

“In order to be God’s poor, we must follow Christ and exercise the Gospel values such as love, mercy, forgiveness, and generosity,” said Fr. Noel Cogasa of the Order St. Augustine during a Mass on Sept. 7 at the Basilica Minori of Sto. Niño in this city.

He added, for the materially rich to become the poor of God they must follow in Jesus’ steps and realize that all of today’s conveniences and comforts are temporary and passing away.

“We must cultivate the culture of inner freedom – free our hearts from the many attachments to the things of this world,” he said.

He likewise reminded the faithful to treat material things in the light of eternal life.

“With the love of money, we are losing the sense of faith that brings us to eternal life,” he added.

For Fr. Ronnie Mora of St. Joseph Parish in Barugo, Leyte, recently canonized St. Teresa of Calcutta is an example of someone detached from the world, saying: ”The life of St. Teres of Calcutta is an inspiration as well as a challenge for us priests and religious to be always faithful to God and to be of service to the people, especially to the poor with dedication and commitment.” (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros / CBCP News)

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