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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
http://www.vatican.va

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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! I believe I shall enjoy the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the Lord!” David’s words of dependence continue in Psalm 34, a reminder that God is worthy of our praise: “I will bless the Lord at all times; praise shall be always in my mouth. Magnify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, who answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. In my misfortune I called, the Lord heard and saved me from all distress.”

We rest in the knowledge God hears our prayers, but at times the burdens are great, and we cry out for God’s mercy, His deliverance, lasting hope and blessing. To this consuming need, the psalmist writes in Psalm 126: “Those who sow in tears will reap with cries of joy. Those who go forth weeping, carrying sacks of seed, will return with cries of joy, carrying their bundled sheaves.”  For us, each measure of devotion, each moment spent in silent contemplation, reading the Psalms, is like planting seeds deep within our souls. Those seeds bear fruit and yield a harvest of truth in our lives. 

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