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CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. John the Damascus:

“God’s law enters our mind and draws it to itself by stirring up conscience, which itself is called the law of our mind.”

Lenten Prayer

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This year, we usher in the month of March the week of Ash Wednesday and introduce another Season of Lent. Many associate Ash Wednesday and Lent with the idea of sacrifice. We’re asked, “What are you giving up for Lent?” Fasting on certain days or for certain times each day, setting aside the six weeks prior to Easter and denying ourselves some of the pleasures we’d ordinarily enjoy—these are all common observances. In the old Western church, Lent (which in ancient languages interestingly meant springtime) was originally a time for new communicant members of the Body to prepare for public baptism, a sober, prayerful time of awareness and self-examination. Others in the Church joined with new converts, fasting with them as a means of identifying with the need to remain faithful and aware of the call to confess sin, ask for forgiveness, and pursue a meaningful relationship with the Lord. This is actually an aspect of Lent common in much of the Church again today. Some minister to others, offering works of service. Doing so, they extend help and hope to those less fortunate.

THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

Recommended Resources
for Reflection and Study

Lives of The Saints: For Everyday in the Year

A Minute of Margin: Restoring Balance to Busy Lives - 180 Daily Reflections (Pilgrimage Growth Guide) by [M.D., Richard A. Swenson,]


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FROM THE ARCHIVES

In Prayer, at All Times

From the Stewardship Today Archives, March 2007

In our daily readings, we are constantly directed to the Psalms. All of them are songs. Many of them are prayers. Reading and meditating on the truths contained within them is devotion. The following verses are found in Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom do I fear? Hear my voice, Lord, when I call; have mercy on me and answer. You are my help, God my savior!” ...read more

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

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St. John Baptist de la Salle

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From materials provided through the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, “We enter into the liturgical season of Lent with a spirit of hope. This is a time to reflect, renew and rejoice in the mercy of God through the sacrifice of Jesus, who upon the cross, redeemed mankind.

“As the People of God, we are called to reflect upon actions which cause separation between ourselves, God and others. In response, we are invited with contrite hearts to turn away from sin and return to God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation in order to receive healing and to be restored. This ultimately renews hope as we rejoice in God's eternal mercy and desire for all to be in union with him.

“This is a personal invitation to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this season of prayer and penance with joyful hope that today, and each day following, the light is always on for you.” Additional information—including the many ways parishioners might take part—are available through the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, www.evangcatbr.org/light

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“My beloved brothers, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

(1 Corinthians 15:58; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Planned Giving

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LINKS WE RECOMMEND

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The US Conference of Catholic Bishops
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The Vatican Website
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The ability to have anything you want, when you want it. Power and glory. Respect and influence. Timeless pursuits, these are the universal values of those who run ahead of the pack. The enemy believed he could tempt Jesus Christ with exactly these things. After the Savior fasted for forty days in the wilderness, the devil appeared to him. “The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.’ ” Jesus quoted applicable Scripture and remained sinless. “Then the devil took Jesus up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant. The devil said to him, ‘I shall give to you all this power and their glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I may give it to whomever I wish. All this will be yours, if you worship me.’ ” Nothing doing.

“Then the devil led Jesus to Jerusalem, made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written: He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you. Jesus said to him in reply, ‘It also says, You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.’ ” The devil left him, but left us a measure of the temptations we continue to face.

Is the desire to have all we want—when we want it—enough to cloud our judgment? Do we seek power to the exclusion of wisdom and discretion? Does the longing for acceptance act like a narcotic, dulling our ability to choose wisely? Who do we worship? What do we worship? On what do we place ultimate value? When we are fatigued, physically or spiritually famished, lonely, anxious about tomorrow, aimless and weary, we tend to make poor choices. We sin. At times, universal values are nothing more than universal pleasures. If we focus on the God of the universe, we find ourselves more dependent on him, capable of making choices that honor the Lord and actually serve our best purposes too.

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