Volume 2 - Issue 8  

 

 

October 3, 2011

 
 
Seeking Gods Will ... Under African Skies
 
I write this article as I am flying over the Sudan on a trip that I never imagined I would take. When Pope Benedict’s Caritas en Veritate first came out, I was asked to speak on it around the country. I primarily spoke to Legatus Chapters and similar groups. As I spoke to them I stressed the Pope’s affirmation of our obligation to assist in the development of our fellow man. For those able to assist those beyond their Polis, there exists a similar obligation to utilize the influence that exists in potencia. The Holy Father writes “The idea of a world without development indicates
a lack of trust in man and in God. It is therefore a serious mistake … to overlook the fact that man is constitutionally oriented towards ‘being more.’” (paragraph #14). Throughout my talks, I prayed to more deeply understand what the Lord was calling me to do and what He was calling O'Meara Ferguson to do.

At O'Meara Ferguson, we are now doing more than we ever have for the Church. The quality of our work and our impact, we believe, only continues to grow. We have been invited in to conduct campaigns, as well as wonderful and exciting projects for parishes and schools involving finance, development, planning, and greater recruitment and training of the laity for a number of diocese and archdiocese  ...

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The Spirituality of Stewardship
 
When the American bishops published their pastoral letter on stewardship in 1992, the title they chose for this historic document was Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response. How does the title for this document contribute to our understanding of stewardship as a way of life?
Stewardship is a relatively new term in the Catholic vocabulary. The underlying principles (gratitude, accountability, generosity and giving back with increase) are
ancient—dating back to themes in the Old and New Testaments and to the earliest Christian writers. But their application to the choices of modern living is new. Until recently, Catholic Christians were asked to approach stewardship as an obligation—either to support the work of the Church or as an expression of Christian charity. There was not much emphasis on the personal, spiritual dimension of Christian stewardship as a way of life.
The bishops’ pastoral letter sought to change the emphasis from giving out of a sense of obligation to giving as a response to God’s love for us. Stewardship is not simply an obligation, the bishops say, but it is also a joyful response to the Lord’s invitation: Go, sell what you have. Give it to the poor and come follow me. Stewardship is a response in faith. It is our “yes” to God’s invitation to totally give ourselves to him. read the full article
Good Steward Newsletter – September 2011
What Does it Mean to Be Catholic?
 
Some estimates suggest that a majority of those who identify themselves as Catholic (54 to 77 percent) do not attend Sunday Mass each week. How is it possible to call yourself a Catholic but ignore the most fundamental expression of what it means to be a Catholic—the obligation to attend Sunday Mass?
For us Catholics, Sunday Mass is not optional. It is an essential requirement for all of us, and the Church teaches that unless we have a serious reason, there is simply no excuse for missing Mass on the Lord’s Day. If through our own fault we miss Mass on Sunday, we are committing a serious sin. We should not receive holy Communion until we have gone to confession.
So Catholics who do not attend Mass regularly are not practicing their faith. But are they still Catholic? In other words, are they bad Catholics (serious sinners, who have violated their responsibility to practice the faith), or have they lost the right to call themselves Catholic?
Once a Christian has been baptized and has confessed his or her faith, he or she becomes a Catholic, a member of the community of believers, the Church. In other words, a Catholic is not a solitary individual ...

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Hymns on Faith – St. Ephrem
 
See His kindness:
Though He could have made us fair by force, without toil, He has toiled in every way that we might become fair by our own choice, ourselves the artists of our own fairness: using the colours our own freedom has gathered.
If He Himself had beautified us we had been but an image painted and beautified with the colours of another Artist.
  St. Ephrem (H. Fid 31,5)
(Hymns on Faith)
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