Catholic stewards make intentional decisions about how to spend their time, their resources; in short, they are intentional about how to live life.
A friend once shared with me that growing up her mom used to say to her, “Say three Hail Mary’s before noon on Tuesday and something good will happen to you by Friday.”
When we move from Christmas or Easter back into Ordinary Time, the return of green vestments and green adornments on the altar always calls to mind the song my youngest son learned at Catechesis of the Good Shepherd about the liturgical calendar. In it, the kids sang, “green is for the growing time.”
“Rescue. Set free. Liberate. Deliver. Save.
These are the words Scripture uses to describe why God became a man in Jesus.
The broad strokes of what happens at Mass can be traced in two basic movements . . the Father gives Himself through the Son in the Holy Spirit. . . He does so in order that the Church may do something with this gift; namely, offer it as its own back to the Father.
Not surprisingly, science confirms what we know as Christians to be true: gratitude is a virtue, a good habit, that if cultivated over time, makes us happier, healthier and, we might add, holier.