Everyday Stewardship Reflections

All You Need is Love

Every Christmas morning, as everyone takes turns opening presents, we play Christmas music in the background as the soundtrack for the event. This year I can’t be the only one that had changed it up a bit and something different playing on Christmas morning. Yes, it was the Beatles! Most of the Beatles catalog was […]

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The Purge

Currently, my house is in a state of purging. We just sold our roll-top desk we had for 20 years because it had become a magnet for STUFF and ultimately the desk was too big for our house. It was HUGE. Next, we are getting rid of our couch that, although very comfy, is just […]

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Looking for George Harrison

I have always had a great affection for the music and person of George Harrison. When I was a boy learning to play guitar, it was his songs that I would practice over and over. I guess I was drawn to his music because of the unique blend of sounds he used from both western […]

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No Greater Gift

We hear every year the story of the Magi bringing rich gifts to honor Jesus. They were honoring this newborn king the only way they really knew. And yes, I believe that whatever they could have offered him would have been appreciated. But I think it was the gift of themselves that mattered the most. […]

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Mother of Mercy

Mary is the Mother who lovingly brings us to God, the one who turns human “yes’s” into miracles. Mary not only gave birth to the Son of God, she gave birth to our hope that by our own affirmative reply to God’s calling in our life, that God will comfort and care for us as […]

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An Everyday Stewardship Christmas

The average American will spend close to $800 this year on Christmas gifts. That number is for the average person, not even the average family, which would be much higher. Most Americans will also take on some credit debt this Christmas in order to get their loved ones all the gifts they want. Of course, […]

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Tear Down Those Walls

Walls are not just physical things – we all build them around ourselves for protection of some sort. They separate us – and they can stop us from reaching out, perhaps because we are afraid or jealous or perhaps we are just feeling mean-spirited and don’t want to give of ourselves. To be true stewards […]

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Waiting

This Advent you may be waiting for even more than just the celebration of Jesus’ birth and His promised second coming. You may be waiting for a job offer, or a college acceptance letter, or a good word from your doctor, or even the birth of your own child. Life is filled with periods of […]

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The Grace of Simply Looking Around

There is an art and a grace to waiting.  The art is in how we use the time between hope and fulfillment.  Do we fill it up with mindless activities or digital attachments? Do we keep our heads down unable to see the world around? Click here to read the full post

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Don’t Panic!

In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis tells us, “Don’t panic. God is greater than our sins!” Too many people have stayed away from God for too long because of fear. What a tragedy it would be if my children stayed away from me because of fear. Click here to read the full post

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Two Coats

Pope Francis began this Jubilee Year of Mercy because, as he has stated, “mercy is the beating heart of the Gospel.” He states that the purpose of the year is to “reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the kingdom of God is already present in our midst.” This is a […]

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It’s the Year of Mercy! Step Into the Mess

Current news is filled with many definitions of mercy but the definition that resonates with me the most is attributed to Jesuit Priest, Father James F. Keenan. He says that mercy is the willingness to enter into the chaos of another.  That means to step into someone’s messy life to offer love, support, prayer, whatever. […]

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