Letter from Fr. Javier 11/8/19
Our Christian history reminds us that we are pilgrims on a journey from our temporary home on earth to our real home with God in heaven: Adam and Eve are cast out of the Garden of Eden; the Israelites flee Egypt for the promised land; the Holy Family travels from Bethlehem to Egypt to Nazareth. At present, our journey has taken us down into the catacombs (lower level of the church!) as we continue to praise God in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass while we wait to be “reborn” into our beautiful new sanctuary. Praised be God! … Please read the rest of the letter here.
God asks only for a tithe, or a tenth, in thanksgiving for what he has done. But what should you give? He asks us to give of our time, talent, and treasure, not because he has a need for these gifts, but because he knows that we need to give for our own happiness. Then, when he sees our response in love, he gives us even more of his love and grace. So, what begins as a gift from God, becomes a gift to God, and results in a greater outpouring of love and grace from God.
The Stewardship categories of Time, Talent, and Treasure underscore the four core values of an authentically lived Christian life: identification with Christ, trust in God, gratitude toward God, and love for God and each other.