Everyday Stewardship Reflections

An Everyday Steward is Mindful

For the next five Sundays of Lent and Passion Sunday, the Everyday Stewardship reflection will look at each of the six characteristics of an Everyday Steward, as contained in the book of the same name. This week we explore how an Everyday Steward is “mindful.” Click here to read the full post

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Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

The bumper sticker read “He who dies with the most toys wins!” I am sure you have seen this saying as well and it stands as a humorous reminder of the culture in which we live where we tend to accumulate stuff to provide happiness and meaning to our lives. Storage facilities have sprung up […]

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry, for Tomorrow We Fast

So what are you doing today for Fat Tuesday!?! A better question is what are you doing tomorrow to start Lent on the right foot? Of course, we will be journeying with you all Lent on the Main Thing Blog, but there are many good options out there to help you make the Lent meaningful […]

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Your Son Will Live

John 4:43-54 is a gospel passage that has taken on more meaning for me over the last two years.  It is the story of the royal official in Capernaum whose son was ill.  This official begged Jesus to come heal him so he would not die.  Jesus replied, “Go.  Your son will live.” Reflecting on […]

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I Am What I Am

Don’t you feel inspired when you hear a good conversion story? I know I do. Especially tales of how people overcame addiction or despair to find satisfaction in the presence of God. It’s the whole meaning of the hymn, Amazing Grace: “I once was lost but now I’m found. Was blind, but now I see.” […]

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The Good News of Catholic Schools

There are many reasons why people decide to deepen their relationship with God or become fully initiated into the Catholic Church. Each person has a unique story and journey. It is one of the aspects of working with RCIA that is so interesting and rewarding. I have shared in many lives over the years and […]

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To Teach as Jesus Did

No school community is perfect, Catholic or non-Catholic, and I remember the times when koinonia was fractured due to human frailty and the immaturity of youth. However, it was the coming back together that served as the real example of fellowship. As a child, I had the sense that I was more than a student; […]

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The Choice for Catholic Schools

I grew up in a home with one Catholic parent and one un-baptized parent. I attended Mass every Sunday with my mother, but I wouldn’t classify her as a fully engaged parishioner. She worked on one parish Christmas bazaar, but for the most part, Sunday was the only time parish life intersected with our everyday […]

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Singing Good Vibrations Unto the Lord

When my wife was pregnant with our first child, I remember putting headphones on her stomach and playing classical music and the Beach Boys so my unborn child could develop a love for music. Some say such an action can work. Others say I was nuts. Either way, I don’t care because I was forming […]

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Never Let the Water Run

In this Year of Mercy, I have been trying to reflect (and practice) more on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.  The current water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan* has kept my mind on the second Corporal Work of Mercy for some time now – Giving drink to the thirsty. It is not possible […]

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Something Beautiful

I love the way my children sometimes clean their rooms. They will take all their stuff that is out and covering everything and shove it their closet and under the bed. If you can’t see a mess, there isn’t a mess. I was thinking about something similar these recent days when snow came down to […]

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Stewardship is Everything

I often tell people perhaps my favorite author on stewardship is usually not thought of as a stewardship writer at all: Catherine Doherty. She was like a Russian Canadian Dorothy Day, starting the Madonna House Apostolate of lay men and women and clergy who work with and live with the poor. Doherty wrote about a […]

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