Stewardship: A Way of Life

Stewardship: A Way of Life

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IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS     =     A WAY OF LIFE

Someone once said “It’s not what you say that is most important.  But watch what they do.”

When one enters a Catholic church, is there an awareness of this as God’s ‘house’ and in reverence is there a sign of the Cross with a finger dip of Holy Water and its resulting prayer? And somebody (s) has to keep that cup filled every day.

A mother asking her child to pick up a fallen bit of trash in the church parking lot said, “If you would pick something up at  your own house, then you must  pick it up at God’s house.”

A now deceased parishioner, most every day, many years ago would go around the church’s grounds and pick up all the cigarette trash that others would drop.

In conversation with a career woman who never married, her comment was that what she missed most at the end of her day upon arriving home was that no one was there to ask her ‘how was your day.’ Do we ask with love others that we know, “How was your day?“ spouses, children, parents and grandparents, friends, etc.  Phone calls count-a real voice.

How often in the day do we say ‘thank you’ especially to God?  Talking with Him is good.

When someone expresses a need, how often do we volunteer to answer it? (especially if it is inconvenient)

Cicely Saunders  (1918-2005)  Nurse, social worker, physician. Unhappy with patients’ end of life treatment—“Nothing more for us to do”——founded the modern Hospice movement. She saw and believed that so much more could be done—social, emotional, spiritually.  (GIVE US THIS DAY)

Remembering the deceased in our prayer. You are who and what you are because of all those who came before you in your inherited genes, physicality, personality traits etc. Remember them in your prayers as there is probably no one else who will pray for them.

There is so much more in our daily lives. The thank you, the please, the smiles, the hello, the let me help you, and so forth.  Little things.  A way of life.  Every day.

by Kathy Reilly