No. 941 Diocese of Marbel, Philippines 10 July 2017
- 19TH ARCH/DIOCESAN FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATORS OF THE PHILIPPINES
Dates and venue: 19-23 June 2017; Oriental Hotel, Legazpi, Albay.
Attendance: 188 (4 bishops; 90 priests; 10 Sisters; 84 lay).
Fr. JoemerCandido, our Finance Officer, reported.
Topic I. “Financial Stewardship in the Building of Communion of Communities” – Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD, Bishop of Sorsogon
(Note: Topics 2-9 later issues. Bp. D.G.)
- God is the sole owner and master of everything in this world. No human being can ever be called the proprietor of anything on earth. Everything which is under the ownership of a man is only entrusted to him as a steward.
- As consequence, all human being are only “stewards” of God’s creation. Being stewards, human beings must render full reverence to God, the owner and master of all creation, and must respect the original purpose of God’s creation which is to sustain life for all his creatures, especially human beings, the master piece of his creation.
- Material goods or riches or wealth in cash and kind are not condemned in themselves because they are ultimately gifts of God needed for human beings to live in dignity, being created according to God’s image: moreover, God precisely created all things for the use of all men and women, who must live a dignified life on earth.
- What are condemned are the three big sins:
- Inordinate attachment to riches and earthly goods.
- Greed which is a vice that goads a person to acquire more and more things for his own selfish ends such as pleasure, honor and personal glory.
- Injustice to other persons, by depriving them of their rights to live in dignity.
- In order to have a proper understanding of the role of wealth for the common good of humanity, there is a need to inculcate in the hearts of Christ’s disciples, especially the financial stewards, the POVERTY IN SPIRIT.
- The most important attitude of all financial stewards is servanthood, being for others, alwaysconscious that there is a THOU, who is in need of his
- Hence the financial steward must be endowed with the virtue of humility and generosity. With this attitude of humility, generosity and service, the financial steward is an important promoter of the Koinonia or fellowship of communion of the communities in the Local Church.