Everyday Stewardship Reflections

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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Mary, Mercy, & Me

And so it begins! Today, on this feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Jubilee Year of Mercy begins. Anything you need to know about this much-anticipated year can be found at GetFed, a service of the Catholic Company. Today is just the start of a year of prayer, devotion, special events, and of course, mercy. Click […]

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The Struggles of an Imperfect World

Even though some people seem to live graced lives without little struggle, the truth is we all have struggles in life. Financial problems, health issues, emotions of fear and inadequacy, and even twists of fate are part of the human condition. The fact is that we are imperfect beings living in an imperfect world. Click […]

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Jesus is HERE!

It would certainly have been an honor to be in the physical presence of Jesus back in the 1st century. To see Him with our own eyes, touch Him with our own hands, and listen to His words with our own ears would be amazing. During Lent, we remind ourselves that one day we will actually […]

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You’ve Got Beautiful Feet!

People sometimes think evangelization means being very forward about our faith and “preachy” as they say. Sometimes, a situation does call for a very direct and forthright message, but most of the time our call is to share the Gospel in simple yet profound ways. Click here to read the full post

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There Is But One King! (and it’s not me)

There is almost too much going on with all the Advent devotions and practices that seem to take a back seat to shopping and preparing for the gift giving traditions of Christmas. After all, Black Friday starts on Thanksgiving in the retail stores and has already started online. In the midst of all our preparation […]

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