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“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”  (Mark 9:35) Jesus teaches us that we are called to love one another.  Love involves sacrifice.  Sacrifice is a word that many of us don’t like to hear.  We think it means tha...

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“Be doers of the word and not hearers only…”  JAMES 1:22 It’s easy to understand the definition of stewardship – living a grateful and generous life.  The hard part is doing it!  How do your actions reflect God’s word?  Do you share your ti...

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“Get up and eat or the journey will be too much for you!”  1 KINGS 19:7 God knows that committing to a stewardship lifestyle is difficult.  However, we were not designed to do it on our own, we need His help.  Fortunately, God gave us the greatest gift of all, His son, ...

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“Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion; thus will I test them, to see whether they follow my instructions or not.”  EXODUS 16:4 When the Israelites gathered more than their daily portion of manna, the surplus became wormy and rotten.  In the same w...

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“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?”   JOHN 6:9 The miracle of the Loaves and Fishes carries two important messages.  First, no matter how little we have, we always have enough to share.  Second, C...

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“He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” MARK 6:31 Do you spend time, every day, alone and in silence listening to how God is calling you?  If not, you are missing out on a wonderful opportunity to develop a more personal relationshi...

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“He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick – no food, no sack, no money in their belts.” MARK 6:8  Imagine taking nothing but a stick when you go on a trip.  The Apostles must have really trusted in God’s providential care.  Thin...

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“As the Lord spoke to me, the spirit entered me and set me on my feet, and I heard the one who was speaking say to me, ‘Son of man, I am sending you…’”   EZEKIEL 2:2-3 God has a plan for each of us.  He calls us to do something for Him.  But, He ...

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“…as a matter of equality your abundance at the present time should supply their want, so that their abundance may supply your want, that there may be equality.”  - 2 CORINTHIANS 8:14 One of the tenants of living a grateful and generous lifestyle is giving without expectin...

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“He asked them, ‘Why are you terrified?  Do you not yet have faith?’”  – MARK 4:40 Do you really trust God?  Is God your first choice or last resort?  Is your faith something you just do on Sunday or do you live the Gospel message every day of the...

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“Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1) God calls all of us to leave behind our old ways and to follow Him, placing our complete trust in Him. Some of the old ways that we may have to struggle to ...

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“It is written: The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.” (Matthew 4:10) Tempted between the riches and power of this world and service to God, Jesus chose service to His Father. If we wish to truly follow Jesus, we, too, must decide to turn away from world...

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“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” (Matthew 5:44) Love your enemies, easier said than done, no doubt. But, remember, the foundation of stewardship is prayer. When we are in close communication with God, it opens our heart and it turns ou...

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“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again.” (John 4:13) Jesus reminds us that material things, even something as basic as water, can never satisfy us for long. When we build our lives around material possessions, we always want more. True Joy and Peace only comes when...

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“Wives, be subordinate to your husbands…Husbands, love your wives…Children, obey your parents in everything…Fathers, do not provoke your children…” (Colossians 3:18-21) Pope Francis said that families, through their life of prayer and love, become "sch...

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“When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.” (Matthew 1:24) Putting our complete trust in the Lord without expecting anything in return. Striving to put God first in all things and follow Him wherever He may lead us.  As ...

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“You too must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand.” (James 5:8) Patience is another one of those things many of us struggle with. We want things to go according to our plan and our schedule. Any change brings anxiety and fear. Through dail...

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“Therefore, every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 3:10) Do you bear good fruit for Christ? Or, do you spend your time, talent, and treasure constantly acquiring more toys, clutter, and junk. Our time, our talent, and our tre...

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“Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come." (Matthew 24:42) People who have had health issues or near-death experiences generally have a greater appreciation for each day being a gift from God. The rest of us usually take for granted that we will be a...

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"….giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.” (Colossians 1:12) God wants us to be happy! Instead of looking at the Ten Commandments as being restrictive and telling us what we can’t do, look at them as guides...

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“…Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us.” (2 Thessalonians 3:9) Most people who live a grateful and generous lifestyle don’t go around bragging about it. But through their actions and words, others do take notice. They not...

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“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word."       (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) There are two impo...

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“But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor, and if I extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.' " (Luke 19:8) We are all called to gratefully give back to the Lord in proportion to the ...

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“…for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14) Pride and ego is the root cause of most of our sins. Thinking your time is so valuable, your talent is better than anyone else and your money gives you status is another...

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“…proclaim the word, be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient...” (2 Timothy 4:2) It is not always convenient to be a good steward, especially when all the temptations of our busy and materialistic world get in the way. Now add our own pride and ego into the ...

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“Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” (Luke 17:18) Most of us live “easy” lives. We have food, shelter, and clothing. We go on vacation every year and own a car or two. Most of us take this all for granted. Did you ever notice that people with the l...

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“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7) Many of us compartmentalize our Faith, we bring it out only when we attend Mass or when we attend a parish event. Being a good steward requires discipline and striving t...

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“My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established…” (Luke 16:25-26) When God created the world...

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Corpus Christi: Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ  On the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, we give special honor to Jesus, truly present in the most Blessed Sacrament of the altar. As Catholics, we worship the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, both during Mass and ...

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In the Gospel for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Jesus, addressing God the Father says, “And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world while I am coming to you.” Think about the ways that Christ remains present in the world and consider ways you can help make his pre...

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