Priest: ‘Fight consumerism with simplicity’

Priest: ‘Fight consumerism with simplicity’

The faithful are reminded to live simply on the feast day of St. Roch, an 11th century saint, who is often invoked against contagious diseases, Aug. 16, 2017. RAYMOND SEBASTIAN

OLONGAPO City — A priest urged the faithful of San Roque Chapel in Olongapo to grow in their faith by striving to live a life of prayer, simplicity, and care for others just like their patron, St. Roch of Montpellier, in the face of rising consumerism.

“This Year of the Parish, the centennial of the Fatima apparitions, and the upcoming 500th anniversary of the coming of Christianity to the Philippines give us, followers of Jesus, enough reason to be more prayerful, more simple, and more caring of others,” said Fr. Daniel O. Presto, administrator of the Diocese of Iba, in his homily for the Feast of St. Roch on Wednesday inside the former United States naval base.

According to him, the best way to honor St. Roch and other saints for that matter is by adopting virtues that made them outstanding Christians.

Presto went on to give a short biography of the saint, who is one of the more popular saints in the Philippines with over a dozen parishes and chapels under his patronage, and whose intercession is often invoked against contagious diseases.

“Inspired by St. Francis before him, St. Roch gave up everything he had to become a pilgrim. Although he came from a wealthy and powerful family in France, he chose to live poor and to help those in need,” the priest shared.

While he did not expect all Christians to literally renounce their possessions, he encouraged them to live within their means and to foster a culture of sharing.

Presto pointed out that one of the biggest challenges facing today’s Christians is surviving in a consumption-driven world. CBCPNews