God Don’t Make Junk

St Joseph

It was a great two days in Jasper, IN at Saint Joseph Catholic Church.  Thank you to Fr. Ray, Mike Hagerdon, and everyone at the parish for such wonderful hospitality. We had representation in the audience from many different parishes and I pray that God will bless their communities as they seek to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all.

I caught sight of a Facebook post by an attendee from Monday night’s session: “The speaker at St Joe Jasper last night…he really made me think. He asked what it is to be ordinary vs. extraordinary. I believe that we must pray about what our gifts are from God and that we be guided by the Holy Spirit in how we use them. THAT is what will make us extraordinary! God would not make anything ordinary…”

Made me think of a saying we would toss around when I was in high school and going on Youth Encounter retreats: “God Don’t Make Junk.” People need to see the wonder of God’s creation in themselves and never devalue their existence.  If the Church can help people see how special they are, their hearts and lives open up to become instruments of God’s grace.

Don’t let the world knock you down and convince of anything other than the truth: God would not make anything ordinary!

(photo above is from balcony at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Jasper, IN)

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About Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for LPi and an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he previously served as Pastoral Associate for 22 years. Saint Pius X received the Archbishop Murphy Award in 2009 from the ICSC. Tracy is a writer, speaker, and teacher in the areas of stewardship, engagement, catechesis, and strengths theory, and has worked with Catholic communities throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand. You can read Tracy’s Everyday Stewardship column in LPi’s CONNECT!, a bimonthly lectionary-based liturgy preparation publication. His writing can also be read on his Nutshell Blog, The Main Thing Blog, and in contributions to Catholic TechTalk. He also serves on the faculty for the ICSC Stewardship Institutes. Tracy has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He has been married 23 years and he and his wife, Mariann, have 3 children.

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