Over the past several years I have read numerous books and articles concerning stewardship. If one would look online there are literally thousands of books, articles, and workshops to guide a parish on a path toward embracing a stewardship spirituality. Some of these programs are quite in depth and complicated. This week I would like to share a story with you about a man who was a dear friend of mine who I affectionately called Uncle Al. Uncle Al was a part of my life since my high school years. I could always count on him to bring a smile to my face or make me laugh because of his great sense of humor. But he also had a more serious side to him. He taught me many life lessons I still find valuable today. He had a very special gift of what I call “down to earth” wisdom. His kind of wisdom did not come from a textbook or philosophy class. Uncle Al’s wisdom originated deep from within his heart and soul. The greatest lesson that he taught me was that a simple life is a good life. In a world that puts so much pressure on us from all directions, he put everything in perspective for me of what spirituality is all about.
1. Love God with all your heart and soul.
2. Love your family.
3. Love your country.
What an uncomplicated way to live a life of stewardship. Several years ago, Uncle Al passed away and I had the honor of giving the homily at his funeral. What a one-of-a-kind guy!!
Love and peace,