DON'T GIVE UP CHOCOLATE FOR LENT!
The sometimes used expression "mite-box," as a receptacle for monetary sacrifices or giving, brings to mind the story of a little girl who received just such a mite-box in which she was told to place her Lenten sacrifices. Upon being asked if she knew why it was called a mite-box, she replied: "I suppose because some days I might place something in it, and somedays I might not."
Giving to those in need is part of being followers of Christ. When our resources are abundant, giving is easy; but when our resources are meager, giving is more difficult or even burdensome. According to gospels, giving that involves sacrifice and self-denial is more meritorious than the gift of one who is better off financially.
The policy of tithing may even be questioned by some. Tithing usually means "giving off the top." Hence it may not be a great sacrifice. Do our gifts come only after we have satisfied all our own needs and desires? If, however, we place tithing as part of our budget, we are giving from our necessities rather than from our abundance.
The wisdom of the wonderful Old Testament character, Tobit, is that we give thanks to the Lord with our lives. This means that we not only give what we have, but we also give who we are. We are Christians, we have Christ's teachings, we have his Gospel message. We should try to give these things to others. A true Christian can never be complacent, can never be comfortable. The Lord has given us life. Let us thank him by making our lives a witness of thanksgiving in all that we say and do. Sacrifice is often not what we give up, it is in the actions we take. As the expression goes, "Don't Give Up Chocolate for Lent!"
RIGHT OF CHRISTIAN FORMATION (RCIA)
Are you or someone you know interested in joining the Catholic faith community? Are you a Catholic who desires to complete the initiation process by receiving the Eucharist and Confirmation?
If you answered Yes to one of these questions, we warmly invite you to entering the RCIA process. RCIA is designed to assist adults who have never been baptized, have been baptized in another Christian religion and want to become Catholic, or those who were baptized Catholic but have not received the Eucharist and Confirmation. For more information please email Louise McDonough or leave your name and contact information with the Rectory staff.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Fourth Sunday of Lent
Grant, O Lord, that we may always revere and love your holy name, for you never deprive of your guidance those you set firm on the foundation of your love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.