Be A Steward of your “Time, Talent and Voice”

We have referenced it for weeks, and now it is here… our annual Stewardship Time and Talent Fair. The Fair is set up in Haryasz Hall, to receive you after all three of the weekend Masses.  I have high hopes that all Parishioners will visit, and peruse the many ministerial opportunities that are now available in our rapidly growing Church. There is not one Ministry that isn’t in need of additional volunteers to help carry out their mission in the coming year. Our theme this year is: “Growing in the Joy of Generosity.” And…as our Stewardship “Tree” logo conveys, this Joy springs forth from our generosity with the God-given gifts of our Treasure, our Talent, and our Time. We know that generosity breeds joy and peace of mind, no matter the cares or trials we are facing. I am encouraging all parishioners, including those who are already active in a ministry, to pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance, and then peruse the many ministry tables at the Fair, and see if there is an additional area where you could share your talent and time. I hope to see you there.

The Gospel of Luke that we heard today, provides a reminder (that is really woven throughout all the Gospels), the greater the gifts we receive…the greater the responsibility we have to be good stewards. “The person who is   trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones.” Jesus teaches that the person who can be trusted with a little will be trusted with even more, but the one who is not trustworthy, will lose what he has. The point of the story is that there are consequences… for our actions, for how we use our gifts and our talents. If we do well, and use our gifts wisely, and make the most of the opportunities given to us, then God will be pleased and we will be given more. Should we make poor decisions, or hoard the gifts and the opportunities we are given, then there will be a cost. There are consequences for all of our actions, both good and bad. Let us be prudent in all of our decision-making.

Speaking of prudent decisions, I also spent a lot of time this past week, working with others, on an initiative to bring a wonderful new pro-life movie to Jacksonville. The name of the movie is “Voiceless”. The timing of this movie is to premier on October 7th, at Tinsel Town theater on Southside Boulevard. It has the great potential to make a tremendous impact on voters, as we wind down to the November national election. We all know that legalized abortion has now been hanging over our guilty American heads for 43 years. I recently heard a speaker relate a most disturbing statistic regarding the “Catholic Vote” in America. It was a report that over 60% of Catholic voters voted Pro-Choice (or Pro-Death) in the last election. That’s incredible! But I have to remember that there are so many fallen-away Catholics, who have not returned, but find it convenient to deceptively use the faith they were raised in (and left, and do not practice) for political and personal advantage.

I have personally purchased a quantity of tickets for use by our parishioners, for this up-coming movie, “Voiceless”. My wish is that every adult and young adult parishioner will attend. We must be mindful, that it is not up to other people or other organizations, to open American Catholic eyes to become disgusted and livid enough to become a catalyst to end this horrific barbaric evil in our country. It is indeed a cause that is worth fighting for, and (at least for the present) your combating it, will not put your life in danger. Pray and commit to take a firm and vocal stance to do something between now and the November elections, to bring an end to this evil. It is not enough to keep our desire to act in accord with the word of God, yet keep our pro-life thoughts to ourselves. In two weeks, every parishioner will receive an insightful 20-page booklet entitled “A Brief Catechism for Catholic Voters” which concisely and clearly     addresses the moral issues that confront us all in this coming Presidential Election.

Carl Anderson, leader of the Knights of Columbus fraternal order, and one of the most influential lay Catholics in the church, spoke out on this critical issue, “…abortion outweighs all other issues in the presidential campaign and Catholics cannot vote for a candidate who supports abortion rights…we need to end the political manipulation of Catholic voters by abortion advocates. It is time to end the entanglement of Catholic people with abortion killing. It is time to stop creating excuses for voting for pro-abortion politicians… Abortion is not ‘just another political issue’, but is in reality, a legal regime that has resulted in more than 40 million deathsWhat political issue could possibly outweigh this human devastation? Abortion is different. Abortion is the killing of the innocent on a massive scale.”

I am certain that we all know, that what Mr. Anderson says is true. Please, please, use your vote this year to bring an end to the Evil of Legal Abortion. Don’t be a part of the problem. Be A Saint.

Yours in defense of all life,   fr denis