Everyday Stewardship Reflections

Practicing Graciousness in the Desert

Looking back over my journey of parenthood, I know there were days when I traveled the extra mile for my children. And then, it happened: the attitude. The request for the smallest thing from one of them is met with disdain or bewilderment.

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It’s All in the Basket

When I challenge myself to give thanks for things that bother me, I envision Christ giving thanks over those insufficient loaves. How many of us would see that paltry little basket and kick a rock in frustration because we can’t feed all our people?

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The Steward’s Work is Never Done

We are all shepherds of a kind, called to tend our own sheep: our families, our parishes, our communities. But it’s exhausting. Don’t we all sometimes just want to take a break from being a steward? So, what if the flock scatters just a little?

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What we carry from town to town

In my experience, there are two kinds of people: the folks who kick off their shoes the second they walk through the door, and the ones who don’t. People can feel strongly about this on both sides. This same theory can also apply to our spiritual lives.

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The Prophecy of You and Me

When I let you in on this secret, it might scare you at first: in a way, God is calling you to be a prophet. However, there is no need for the megaphone and the wild locusts. This prophet gig might not be what you’re thinking.

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Touching the Cloak of Christ

There comes a time, or maybe several times, in each of our lives when we become this woman. We’re tired and we’re sick. Is it with sin? With anger? It doesn’t matter. Whatever it is, it’s made us weak, and we feel like we’ve run out of options.

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Waking God

God doesn’t desire us to verbalize our needs as a way of keeping us submissive. He’s not that petty. What He desires is the communication — that’s what really counts. That act of opening yourself up, of becoming vulnerable, of relying on Him, trusting Him.

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St. Anthony Can Find Anything — Even You

When we lose something really important, what do we do? We make the whole household stop what they’re doing to join the search. Having St. Anthony as a friend means you ask him to stop what he’s doing to help, too.

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We Can Prepare the Upper Room

The Body and Blood of Christ — that’s what it’s all about. If it’s not about that, it’s not about anything. If we don’t have the Eucharist, we’re just like the ancient priests, making sacrifices that don’t have the power to redeem anybody.

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God Doesn’t Take a Break

I hope it’s starting to look like summer where you are. We’ve still got a few weeks left before it’s official, but the school year should be winding up and the birds should be chirping a little louder. But thank God that He doesn’t take a break, even if we do.

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You Don’t Have What It Takes — but You Will

But even that big, giant, stop-you-dead-in-your tracks Reason Why We Can’t was nothing, because God had a plan. He didn’t call a bunch of equipped men. He called them, and He equipped them. Cue the tongues of fire!

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There’s No Place Like Home

There’s a feeling that we have when we’re at home. Our bodies seem to recognize it when we walk in the door. There’s a relaxation that kicks in, a peace that falls over us. I think that’s what Heaven will be like.

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