How Much Should I Give?
PRAYER: Stewardship of Our Time
“How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?” - Psalm 116.12
Stewardship isn’t simply about money or finances, or even about time and talent. Stewardship is about our grateful response to all of the gifts God has lavishly showered upon us, especially the most precious gift of his son and our brother, Jesus, who died that we may live.
Stewards nurture their relationship with God by having a prayer life. Prayer is about building a relationship with God and, in turn, with God’s people. We can’t hope for our relationships with our family and friends to survive and continue to grow and deepen without time, presence, nurturing and commitment. The same holds true for our relationship with God. We need to take time to get to know God, to find God in the people and places of our lives. Prayer is the vehicle to building that relationship.
Spending time alone with God on a regular basis helps us to better understand God’s life and grace working in our lives. So often we think of prayer as something formal and separate from the rest of our lives and we don’t realize that there are many ways to pray. Some people spend an hour a day in personal prayer, others only a few minutes. Personal prayer does not have to be structured or take a long time. Your personal prayer is just that – personal. It is that growing relationship with God that we come together to celebrate each Sunday. We come with all of our joys and tears, our questions and our fears, and lay them all down together in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Whether it is in church at Mass or in the chapel before the Blessed Sacrament, in your car at a red light, or in your bed at night, prayer can take place anywhere and at anytime.
"For me, prayer is an aspiration of the heart, it is a simple glance directed to heaven, it is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trial as well as joy; finally, it is something great, supernatural, which expands the soul and unites me to Jesus." - St. Therese of Lisieux