October 2022

October 1 – 2, 2022
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “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 to put God first in everything all the time. The next time you are at a neighborhood party, or at work, or out shopping, would your words and actions signal to others that you are a good and faithful servant of our Lord?

October 8 – 9, 2022
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” (Luke 17:18).

Most of us live relatively “easy” lives. We have food, shelter, clothing and money. Wemay 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 fewest possessions are usually the most grateful? Shouldn’t this be the other way around? Take time every day and thank God for all He has given you and discern how He is calling you to share your gifts.

October 15 – 16, 2022
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “… 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 equation and living a stewardship lifestyle may be downright uncomfortable! Remember, God didn’t call us to be comfortable. He never said that we would have an easy life. Rather, He called us to be faithful!

October 22 – 23, 2022
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “… for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted (Luke 18:14).

Pride and ego are the root causes of most of our sins. Thinking your time is so valuable, or your talent is better than anyone else, or your money gives you status are ways of making those things “gods” before God. Pride is the opposite of humility. Remember, all that we have and all that we are is a gift from God. We should be humbled by God’s incredible generosity and be grateful for all we have been given. Ultimately, gratitude leads us to humility.

October 29 – 30, 2022
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “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 gifts we have been given. This means everyone isn’t called to give the same amount, but everyone is called to give equal sacrifice. Open your heart and talk to God about how you use your money. How is God calling you to be more generous with your financial resources and possessions?