Brothers and sisters:
The “fair wage” Jesus offers to each of us, whatever time we begin to work, is eternal life with Him. Therefore, we should not be envious or jealous of anyone. We should be grateful for such amazing graciousness on the part of God. Stewardship at the heart is offering in faith all that we are to God, who offers Himself to us. What an exchange! Of course, we must trust Him, and we cannot fool Him nor should we try to fool ourselves. It must be sincere. And so, God is patient with us as we move step by step in faith. Whatever form tithing takes, we should take a step and God will lead us from there. The rewards we receive are beyond measure or expectation.
I want to thank all of you for your stewardship efforts over the years that have given us grounding as we face big challenges ahead. Thanks to Peg Hoyt and our “Guardian Angel” efforts, we have taken a very significant step toward securing the finances at our school. Even so, we faced a six figure shortfall coming into the year. We also must square up to the reality of what to do with the old school building. We cannot put this off too much longer. Even so, step by step we can get there. I am encouraging each family (and priest) to consider offering a prayer for our future plans and fasting at least one meal a week (Iraq or Ukraine would be among good causes) and contribute the $10 saved to our Capital Improvements fund. This would be an additional sacrifice, but hopefully doable, and 10 years from now we may hope not to be wondering why we did nothing for 10 years. This is something we can do, and if it is done from the heart, it will bear good fruit. Each one must prayerfully discern what God is calling them to do with their time, talent, and treasure and I want to tread delicately. Follow what God is calling you to do. I simply offer a recommendation that could help build even more of our stewardship spirit. Your generosity of time, spirit, and resources is noticed, and on behalf of all of us now and in the future, I thank you.
In Christ, son of Mary,