A challenge for the Christian steward is accepting, and even rejoicing in, the fact that our commitment to faith is often a counter-cultural one. Perhaps this is nowhere more striking than in the quick cultural “end” of the Easter season, and our own belief that Easter is leading us through May to the great feast of Pentecost on May 24.
“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
Archbishop Oscar Romero(1917 - 1980)Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, formally recognized by Pope Francis as being martyred “in hatred of the faith,” is to be beatified in San Salvador on May 23, 2015.
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Cardinal Edmund Szoka1927-2014
In memory of Oscar Romero(1917–1980)A Step Along the WayIt helps now and then to stepback and take a long view. TheKingdom is not only beyond ourefforts, it is beyond our vision.We accomplish in our lifetimeonly a fraction of the magnificententerprise that is God’s work.Nothing we do is complete,which is another way of sayingthat the kingdom always liesbeyond us. No statement says allthat could be said. No prayerfully expresses our faith. Noconfession brings perfection,no pastoral visit brings wholeness.No program accomplishes theChurch’s mission.No set of goalsand objectives includes everything.This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water the seeds already planted knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing this. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.