We’re still in the grip of a hot and sunny summer, but August brings a wake-up call. By August’s end, visiting relatives have gone home, schools will be open, swimming pools will be closed, and college kids have packed up and left for the halls of academia. What’s all that mean for the Christian steward? As we journey through August, parishes begin to teem with plans and new vitality.
The parish is where the Church lives, and stewards are the lifeblood of a successful parish. In the parish, we find community and support, liturgy and ritual, sacrament and healing. In the parish, we find a way to give and a way to receive. On a practical level, fall is the time when parish planning gears up for the seasons ahead. Now, for a Christian steward, is the time to prayerfully consider your own involvement in the life of the parish in the coming year. How might we serve – and be served? The Christian steward knows participation in the parish is a win-win situation, feeding us as we feed others.
St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church
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Lord Jesus Christ,
We serve in your name as did your apostles before us.And we live, as they did, in anxious times, .painfully aware of sin’s presence in the world;a world in need of your Father’s mercy.
As your disciples, we also live in hope, confident that your light is breaking through the changing moods of life – healing, embracing and transforming as your presence moves deep within us.
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