Make Stewardship your Lenten Discipline

This year commit to making Lent a time of personal devotion and renewal. Stretch yourself and find a stewardship connection in every meditation, devotion or activity. Because when it comes to it, everything really is a stewardship issue. Here are some free daily devotionals that can keep you thinking. (Photo © robhainer –

A Lenten Stewardship Devotion

The forty days of Lent provide stewards with a marvelous opportunity to evaluate the nature of our life’s “work.” Being reminded to take a meaningful and substantive spiritual “pause” in our lives for forty days is a gift in itself. Good reading from the International Catholic Stewardship Council. (Photo by  mwms1916, used by Creative Commons […]

Stewardship and Lent

Among the many opportunities the Lenten season provides for us, it also gives us many chances to broaden the discussion of stewardship. In our world, which is so driven by consumerism, greed, and wealth, this season calls us to turn away from these, and look again to the one true God. Here are some ideas […]

Stewardship Devotional for Lent

Here is a really wonderful 49-page Lenten devotional that will enable you to explore important themes of stewardship through daily Scripture readings, prayer and reflection. It’s free! Written by Rev. Russell McDowell for 2012, the ideas are still fresh (although you’ll have to adjust the dates). (Photo © robhainer –

Lent’s Wake-Up Call

For me, exactly one moment in the entire church year awakens me to the urgent imperative of our Christian walk of faith. That moment comes when the pastor takes a muddy thumb and swipes it twice across my forehead with the words, “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Photo © Tom Mc Nemar –

What is your soul?

“How is your soul?” a friend of mine always asks. The greeting always gets me thinking, “Well, how IS my soul doing?” And I can’t help but wonder, come to think of it, what exactly IS my soul? When I asked that last question — “What is your soul?” — to the faithful worshipers at  […]

My season of sacrifice and self denial

I can truly relate to what Jesus is saying in this Sunday’s Gospel lesson, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me“ (Mark 8:34b). Deny myself? Oh yeah! During Lent I’m all about self denial. (Photo by Randy OHC, used by Creative Commons license. Thanks!)

Ash Wednesday: When stewards take stock

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Meditate on the sobering words of Ash Wednesday: “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” You’ll find the source of good stewardship of life — our mortality. (Photo by On the White Line, used by Creative Commons license.)

You are Invited…

1st Sunday in Lent, Year A, March 13, 2011
You are invited to enter fully into Lent, to walk through the wilderness of your sin, sorrow, and suffering and to experience the presence of your Lord. Will you accept the invitation? (Photo by archer10 used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)

Lighting the First Candle

We shall never know the true meaning of being faithful stewards until we are prepared to risk the transitory for the sake of the ethereal. In other words, there has to come a time when we are willing to turn on all the lights and burn all the candles for the sake of the least of these. (Photo by allegri used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)