Remembering True Wealth

Posted on October 15, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Art Buchwald, the longtime humorist for the Washington Post who died in 2007, is credited with saying, “The best things in life aren’t things.” As Christians, we know this statement to be true. Certainly the best things in our lives are not those items that money can buy or things we can create in the material world. Faith, hope, and love are more precious than anything we can see with our eyes. Yet, as humans we often find ourselves longing for the very things that we claim are not nearly as valuable. We lose sight of what is real and true.

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Who is My Neighbor?

Posted on October 8, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

You know how the story goes. Your son or daughter swears that while you were gone he or she only invited 2 friends over to watch a movie and eat popcorn. How those other 25 people got there with beer is still a mystery! They were not invited but your young host felt pretty uncomfortable just kicking them out. You did teach them about good hospitality after all.

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All That We Need

Posted on October 1, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Tim

Remember a time when jealousy or envy reared it’s ugly head and you wished you had what someone else owned? Maybe it was a house, a car, a bank account, or even that luscious green lawn. All humans have had that feeling before and some of us more often than others. After the emotion hit you, hopefully you considered all the good gifts you did have in your life and gave thanks for them. Let’s pray that you are still not hanging onto those feelings. Unfortunately, we do live in a world that seems to fuel those desires and push us toward wanting more and more.

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Stewards Don’t Compare

Posted on September 24, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

As everyday stewards, I hope that each of us try to live daily lives of generosity for the glory of God. I hope that we are all working to cultivate characteristics of a good everyday steward so that we can grow in maturity of faith and draw closer to Christ. But if we could accurately see on a magical computer spreadsheet how everyone else around us was living life would it impact how we lived out our stewardship way of life? If we found out that others weren’t trying as hard as we were or they were not nearly as generous would it give us reason to pause?

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The Power of Reconciliation

Posted on September 17, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

reconciliationAn Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Life was not always easy with my father when I was growing up. Let’s just say he made many decisions along the way that led to fear, anger, and sadness for my family and me. Unfortunately, I was the only one in the family that would years later truly forgive him for his actions. My mother and sister held onto the resentment and anger they felt all their lives. For my father and me, reconciliation led to several years of a deepening relationship before his passing in 2011.

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Why Charism Awareness Matters

Posted on September 16, 2017 by - Vibrant Parish Toolkit

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In our parish communities, we ask people to give of themselves more and more. We use St. Paul’s image of the Body of Christ to illustrate how we all play a part in God’s Kingdom, each with a unique charim. We express that the need is great and that the only way for us to succeed is to pull together. Then, we express our frustrations behind the scenes because most people still don’t step forward. One reason why is that many seated in our pews do not have an answer to the question, “What do I have to give?”

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What We Really Owe

Posted on September 10, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

I have to smile when I read in St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, “Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another.” I smile because I know that in today’s world few people owe nothing to anyone. We have credit card debt, mortgages, student loans, car loans, and new loans to consolidate old loans. It would seem that we actually owe everything to everyone.

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Give It Away

Posted on September 3, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

How many public self-storage facilities can you find in your city or town? They seem to be popping up everywhere. One day I was talking to my neighbor and he was explaining that he just wanted to have his garage back again. He was thinking about moving everything to a storage unit so he could gain what he wanted more than all that stuff: space. We talked about the fact that if he chose to follow through with it there was no shortage of places to house all of it. Of course, we also agreed that it would be better to simply let go of all it. He could sell it or give it away. But, of course, it was good stuff! So good, in fact, one was tempted to rent a whole new space to house it!

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Do You Know Him?

Posted on August 27, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Sometimes when I ask one of my children about who they were with or about a classmate at school they answer me with, “You don’t know them.” Apparently, since I do not know him or her personally, I do not need to know the person’s name. I may not know this person but I do know that he or she exists in the everyday life of one of my children. If my children don’t share with me anything about their friend or classmate, I can only assume he or she has no great impact on my sons’ or daughter’s daily lives. Of course, sometimes the response I get is simply my teen being a typical teen.

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Mercy: To Give and Receive

Posted on August 20, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

mercyAn Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Jubilee Year of Mercy is now in the history books and looking back I wonder if I have been changed at all by the observance. Certainly the focus on mercy wasn’t all about God’s mercy toward me? Yes, I focused on my sin and the need for God’s forgiveness and grace, but hopefully that changed how I live my life and how I offer mercy to others.

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