So many times when we read the all-too familiar story of the Prodigal Son, we focus on the action of the rebellious son — and rightly so because it is so easy to identify with him. We can lose sight of the character of the father. The poignancy of the son’s story is so only because of the magnanimity of the father.
When God calls us, sometimes we are fearful of the future or the struggle ahead. We may wish there was another way. We may be destined to fall frequently on our journey, but our strength of character and our maturity as a disciple is measured by our commitment. To be committed to God means being committed to carrying on even when the journey is most difficult.
As good stewards who are called to discern how we respond to the call of Jesus Christ, we must be about ripping those weeds out of our lives so the good seeds we plant can grow. For each of us, the weeds are different: money, ego, sex, greed, etc. If we don’t take a good honest look at our lives and make some tough choices, no amount of devotion or good works will make us better disciples.
When we step forward in kindness and compassion, small miracles happen all the time. We may never see the miracle occur like Veronica, but we are called to have faith that God continues to work in the lives of others long after we planted seeds of charity and love.
When your parish app is synced with your parish website, you can provide accurate information and dynamic engagement for your parishioners. What are you waiting for? Is your parish app integrated yet?
As we approach the final weeks of Lent, let’s repent and start anew so we can be a light in our world, on fire with the love of Christ. Let’s make use of extra confession times, Lenten missions or talks, extra holy hours, and times set aside for prayer.
Stewardship sometimes dictates that we step forward to offer help. Stewardship also calls us to accept the help of others. Meaningful and important goals cannot always be reached by using our gifts alone. Jesus did not object to Simon’s help. He needed Simon to help complete the journey.
To give completely like a mother gives to her children is a profound gesture. Our Lady gave her entire self, even if it meant suffering unimaginable pain. Sometimes we are called to give until it hurts. But if we are to follow the example of Mary, we will respond regardless of the cost.
Yes, we get it. It can be hard to ask people for money, but it’s a vital part of ministry. Read on for ways you can encourage your parish members to give their fair share by appealing to their emotional side. Your members aren’t mind readers; they need a reminder — a gentle push.
Since implementation of the WeShare Engagement Campaign this year, participating parishes have seen on average an increase of 12% in parishioner online giving — and that number continues to rise!
This Lenten journey — and our Christian life — is both a juxtaposition and a symbiotic relationship between glory and sacrifice. We feel the strain and pull at our normal life through the out-of-the-ordinary sacrifice. Yet through our gifts and self-denial, we brush something extraordinary.