Everyday Stewardship Reflections

There’s No Place Like Home

There’s a feeling that we have when we’re at home. Our bodies seem to recognize it when we walk in the door. There’s a relaxation that kicks in, a peace that falls over us. I think that’s what Heaven will be like.

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Choosing to Love One Another

Love one another. The greatest commandment, the simplest commandment — and if you’ve ever loved anyone, you know it’s also the hardest. How often do we take a moment to consider the action Jesus is asking us to take and the choice he is asking us to make?

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Branching Out Isn’t Always What It’s Cracked Up to Be

The Bible tells us that when we bear fruit as good everyday stewards, it is for the Father’s glory. We are the branch on His magnificent tree. We also tend to reflect how well the other branches around us are incorporating the nutrients coming their way.

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Confidence in Princes

Are you looking to the world for an answer? Are you looking in the mirror, expecting to find a solution to your problems? Are you expecting happiness, peace, contentment or justice to come from any place other than God?

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How to Fail Your Way to Heaven

It’s right for us to always keep in mind that Jesus is God. But we also have to remember that he was man. He got hungry. He cried when he felt sad and laughed when he felt happy. It’s the tightrope walk we all try to balance every day, honoring our human emotions while still answering God’s call to be better.

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Eye Has Not Seen

The Apostle Thomas, who couldn’t bring himself to accept that Jesus had risen from the dead without seeing him, is such an utterly relatable figure in the Gospels. He’s not believing the hype. He’s going to be the only judge of what is real and what is fiction.

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A Happy Ending Isn’t the Whole Story

If we learned anything from Holy Week — from the Passion and death of the Lord — it’s that we can’t press fast-forward on the hardships of life. That tension, that loss, that fear — it’s crucial, isn’t it? As Catholics, we are who we are because of Easter. But Easter doesn’t happen without Good Friday.

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Walk Every Step with Christ

It’s okay for us to be excited for Easter. We’ve waited so long, after all. In my opinion it’s one of the best feelings there is: the yearning we have in our hearts for the Resurrection as we embark on Palm Sunday. But my friends, we must keep our feet on the ground.

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When Our Own Hour Comes

We parents know that it’s tricky, tackling the topic of fear with our kids. We want them to know that it’s okay to be scared, that it’s something we all feel. Jesus seems to be the parent who is gently broaching the topic of fear with his children.

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Awake, O Sleeper!

Sometimes it seems, when reading through Scripture, that all throughout salvation history, God has been trying to pull back the curtains, to rouse us from our defiant slumber. And we resist Him. Time and time again, we resist Him.

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Parents Just Don’t Understand

As we grow up, it is sometimes a struggle for us to imagine that our parents understand us. It can seem impossible that Mom and Dad remember the stress of exam week or peer pressure. We’re often the same way about God. We gripe about what He asks of us.

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When Sacrifice Becomes Mundane

But by now, these Lenten resolutions are no longer novelties — they’ve joined the ranks of everyday inconveniences, which somehow are the hardest to bear. Because transformation, in real life, happens in inches, just as a battle is won slowly.

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