Everyday Stewardship Reflections

God Smiling On Us

The second characteristic of an “Everyday steward” is that he/she is prayerful. It would seem that would be a given. Certainly any follower of Jesus is called to pray. However, this characteristic means more than whether or not one has a prayer life. Prayer is more than just communication between God and us. It is about […]

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Sand Dollars and People

We are all like sand dollars; carefully crafted for a special purpose out of God’s immense and limitless love. We are all created whole but most end up broken in some way. Click here to read the full post

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Everyday Stewardship: For God’s Sake, Take a Break

Everyone needs a rest. The problem is we fail to understand how important it is to rest. We think rest is void of action. Not only is resting an action in itself, it is sometimes the only time we have to spend with God one-on-one. Click here to read the full post

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Grateful for the Community of Faith

I spent five years in Alaska as a missionary prior to becoming Catholic.  Four years of that was in a little town south of Anchorage with a strong bohemian population.  As the town pastor, I got to know many of those good people.  More than a few were devotees of The Grateful Dead, a band […]

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Shopping Frenzy

The Internet is buzzing loudly today with sales at Amazon and Wal-Mart! Now, other online merchants like Target and Best Buy are creating other artificial shopping holidays for next week. Everywhere online you see the term Christmas in July to describe the frenzy of sales and shopping. Of course it is all an illusion. Click […]

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Where Am I, Today?

One of the characteristics of an everyday steward is that he or she is mindful. When we are mindful of where we are, what we are doing, and our all that surrounds us, two things are possible: 1) We can truly be grateful to God for all that has been given to us, and 2) […]

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Game of Life

The Game of Life

As Christians, we certainly have the freedom to choose. Built on a foundation of morals and virtues we come to know right from wrong and understand the ingredients that ultimately bring us happiness, and the ones that bring us suffering. Click here to read the full post

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Stewardship is Love

When I first became a Christian, I was taught that it was my duty to give my “time, talent, and treasure” to the church because “that’s what it says in The Bible.”  And though there are many things about our faith that we know as ‘duty’ or ‘obligation,’ I think that understanding stewardship in the […]

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Giving Hands

Give as the Giver Gives

Within the gift of life, we receive different kinds of spiritual gifts. For example, some receive the gift of faith. Others may grow to simply offer words of compassion or encouragement to those in need. Others still may have the desire to help people by performing good deeds or works of service. What gifts have […]

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Everyday Stewardship: The Cost of Being a Christian

The Apostle Paul witnessed to the fact that through his suffering of these things for the sake of Christ, his weakness became strength. It is so hard to hear Paul’s words while reading a report of mass killings or seeing a video of someone approaching martyrdom, especially if the mainstream media sees it as just another […]

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Being Good Stewards of Our Common Home

From this month’s International Catholic Stewardship Council’s e-Bulletin: Seldom has a papal encyclical been anticipated with so much noise and discussion and even premature criticism and fear as our Holy Father, Pope Francis’ Laudato si (“Praise Be to You”); with a beautiful subtitle “On Care for Our Common Home.” Each of us, as Christian stewards, will find […]

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Going Home

After 10 days, today I am headed home. I travel quite a bit, but normally the trips are shorter. This one took me from Seattle to Orlando. As planes flew over the continental United States, there were a whole lotta people on the ground. It really is amazing to think about: all those people, each with […]

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