Giving to Saint Pascal

Stewardship requires “noticing.” So many things in our lives are easily taken for granted --- our health, our homes, our faith, yes, even our families. In order to be a good steward, we must be aware of what we have. Some people may remember the old admonition: Count your blessings!

Once we have taken the time to notice all the goodness of God, all the blessings we have, we can’t help but be grateful! We thank and praise God for the wonder of our families, the beauty of creation, our health (in whatever state it may be) and all that composes the texture of our lives. Taking on a heart of gratitude changes how we see things. Chronic complainers tend to be less than grateful. Gratitude raises our spirits and diminishes crankiness!

We go from noticing to gratitude. The third step then comes naturally. We become generous. When you truly understand what you have, the heart swells with gratitude, and out of that gratitude, we are moved to kindness towards others. The best part is, it becomes a cycle. As we are generous, we realize more what we have and we become more grateful, and more generous --- on and on in a cycle of grace!

Everyone is being pulled in many different directions. Money is tight and giving as stewards requires great trust in God and practical understanding --- no one can do everything but everyone can do something.