From the Pastor's Desk

Weekly thoughts and announcements from our Pastor, Fr. Tom Lewandowski.

There is One More Thing I Ask...

In his excellent and timely book entitled, “Celebration of Discipline” Quaker author, educator and theologian Richard Foster suggests that Jesus’ challenges can be met by a deliberate decision to “de-accumulate” and “simplify.” Rather than yield to a “pack rat” mentality and style of living that buys in bulk so as never to know need and hoard an excess of unnecessary goods, so as to be more than prepared for the proverbial rainy day. The “one more thing I ask” we might be called to do is divest and disperse our material wealth so as to be wholly dedicated to God and other.

Foster suggests the following principles:  1) Buy things for their usefulness rather than their status.  2) Develop a habit of giving things away.  If I haven’t used it in six months, someone probably needs it more than me.  3) Refuse to be propagandized by modern gadgetry.  4) Learn to enjoy things without owning them.  5) Develop a healthy skepticism concerning all “buy now, pay later schemes.” This may mean cutting up credit cards and living within one’s means. Given that our society is entrenched in materialism, Jesus’ challenge to simplify may seem like an impossible feat.  Jesus who looks at us with love suggests, “With God all things are possible”…For there is one more thing I ask……………