Stewardship: A Way of Life 

Stewardship: A Way of Life 

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These are very unsettling times in which we live. Our national past time, baseball, has been accused of cheating. A pandemic appears to be  moving across the world infecting those in its path. And we don’t know yet how to stop it or where it will strike next. Our trust in our leadership has created doubts and so we have questions about what we should do next.  Scams are alive and well and seem to come at us daily in many different forms. The financial world is experiencing a roller coaster ride just as we are trying to grasp hold of as many certainties as we can. And then there are our medicines which we have to have. And we hear of students and others not able to take their life saving meds. They have to ration them as the meds are unaffordable to take as    directed. And we have not even talked yet about the price of everything. Life’s issues are really difficult and all consuming these days.  And so on………

Who knew that Lent could be our saving grace. The overall and unfortunate perception of Lent is one of hardship and denial. Now is the time to rethink our relationship with Lent and Jesus. We need now as much as ever to TUNE OUT AND TUNE IN to Lent. TUNE OUT to worldly things, especially those over which we have no control. TUNE IN to Prayer, Fasting, and Alms giving. How much actual thought have we given yet to how these necessities of Lent will be addressed by us.  The Lord has given us many guides to how to live our lives–Ten Commandments–Beatitudes–Sacraments–Gospels– etc. But how many of us really pay   attention to the fact that, if followed, our lives will have a contentment that no earthly pleasure can touch.  Now is the time when we need to step away, find our quiet place, and listen to God, rather than all the noise that surrounds us.

FASTING: Maybe giving up chocolate gets you into Heaven. I don’t know yet. But Pope Francis has given Fasting much more thought and suggestion. So here are his words:  FAST from hurting words and say kind words.  FAST from sadness and be filled with gratitude.  FAST from anger and be filled with patience.  FAST from pessimism and be filled with hope.  FAST from worries and have trust in God.  FAST from complaints and contemplate simplicity.  FAST from pressures and be prayerful.  FAST from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.  FAST from selfishness and be compassionate to others.  FAST from grudges and be reconciled.  FAST from words and be silent so you can listen.

Pray that fasting will be, as intended, a joy filled and gratifying experience for us all.

By Kathy Reilly