Summer brings with it a sea change in our neighborhoods. Suddenly, the streets are alive with joggers and baby strollers, the smells of backyard barbecue, and the drone of lawn mowers. As a Christian steward, have you given thought to your responsibility to your neighborhood? We take seriously the scriptural query, “Who is my neighbor?” but do we ever ask, “But what of my neighborhood?”
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (From Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5: 14-16)
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, reminds us that, “as it expands, goodness takes root and develops. If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good” (Evangelii Gaudium, 9). Reaching out to others is an integral part of being a good steward of the gifts God has given to us. By reaching out to others in our families, parishes, communities and local Churches, we actually show in a tangible way how we return God’s gifts back to Him with our gratitude.
Rob Faughnan Diocese of Colorado Springs
St. Anthony of Padua is one of the most beloved and admired saints in the church. Because he was a prolific preacher and witness to the Gospel in his personal life, he is known as a great stewardship saint.
St. Anthony was born on the Feast of the Assumption in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1195 to a wealthy and educated family of the Portuguese nobility. He entered the Augustinian religious community at an early age where he devoted himself to the study of sacred scripture and Latin classics.
He joined the Franciscan Order when he was 26 years old and traveled tirelessly to preach what it meant to live according to the Gospel. He is believed to have made as many as 400 trips to towns in both northern Italy and southern France.
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Cardinal Edmund Szoka1927-2014
So often you attempt to offer us a peaceful awareness of your presence. It is always there, but often we do not slow down enough to become aware of it.
Help us to slow down and appreciate the gift of your presence, and come to a deeper understanding of the movement of your Spirit in our lives. Help us recognize those moments when you rescued us, healed us, and reconciled us.
Increase our trust in you, And show us how to reach beyond ourselves to minister to others, and be better stewards and sacraments of your presence each day.
We pray this in Jesus’ name.