Sharing Time, Talent and Treasure in Advent
This is the second post from Brooke Broussard, our guest blogger for December. Brooke is a St. Catherine’s parishioner who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her family attends Session E.
“It is surely justice to share our natural gifts.”
St. Catherine of Siena
This weekend, my 3rd grader worked on a chapter for his Family Faith session that discussed three different ways people can serve and share with others- by sharing time, talent, or treasure. Some people have all three in abundance, while others have one or two, but everyone has something to offer others. Here are some ways that you can use your time, talent or treasure to undo racism and support social justice in our community this Advent season and in the New Year:
As St. Catherine said, "it is justice to share our natural gifts," whether those gifts are our time, our talents or our treasure. Sharing is an especially important part of the Christmas season. Dan Rather recently wrote a very moving story about his experience growing up during the Great Depression and how he and his neighbors worked together to ensure that a family going through a tough time would have presents under the tree. An important lesson that he learned from his mother is that service is not done because we feel sorry for people- it is because we understand how they feel. We understand the role that luck plays in our good fortune, and that it is our duty to share with our fellow neighbors- To love one another as Jesus loved us, and to build the Kingdom of God with our hands, our words and our hearts.
This blog is written by the Faith Formation staff, as well as other parishioners invited to reflect on topics of interest to our parish. It is called "Parish Voices" to remind us that all of us here at St. Catherine's are called to "Praise, Bless and Preach."