Are You Ready?

Last year, parishes across North America gave out the printed booklet, Everyday Stewardship Advent 2016. It featured a reflection for each day, followed by a daily stewardship challenge. We received great feedback and were happy to enrich the lives of many during this season of preparation.

THIS YEAR, Everyday Stewardship Advent 2017 will be entirely ONLINE! You will be able to access the daily reflections and challenges right in this spot. In addition, you will be able to sign-up for a daily email receiving the reflection, challenge, and link to the online site for social media sharing. All content will be brand new for 2017 and written by Tracy Earl Welliver. Sign up today!

In the meantime, check out the book, Everyday Stewardship: Reflections for the Journey, and the booklet, Everyday Stewardship Way of the Cross, by clicking here.

A Glimpse of Heaven

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for Transfiguration of the Lord, August 6, 2017           

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There are times in our lives that we get the chance to see a glimpse of heaven. It may be through the love of another, loved one or stranger. Sometimes it may even be an event that seems unexplainable, perhaps even supernatural. These occurrences may be the answer to prayer or they may surprise us by coming out of nowhere. But no matter their nature or origin, they give us hope and strength to carry on through life.

When we journey on a pathway of stewardship, we are bound to experience moments of grace where we see even the smallest seeds we planted grow into something amazing. At these moments, we are reminded that God is real and that our stewardship is not in vain. The giving of our gifts and talents are not just a response to God’s calling. The giving is one way that God breaks through into the lives of others. As we use what God has given us for his glory, he uses us as instruments of grace to be truly present to others.

The greatest example of this occurs at the Mass. Through the hands of an ordained priest taking the gifts of bread and wine God is really present with us. When we then take Christ into our bodies, we accept the offer to take him into the world to others. The world cannot see Jesus in us with human eyes, but through our works of stewardship, they can see Jesus in us. One could say they even have a chance to see a glimpse of heaven.