The single most important use of time is our participation at Sunday Mass each week. Following the instructions of our Lord Jesus Christ, this is the finest and most fitting way that we that we give praise and glory to God for all that God has done for us. We express our heartfelt appreciation for the blessings and favors we have received from God and prepare ourselves to go forth from our worship to glorify God throughout the week.
There are a variety of opportunities available at Little Flower for people to share their time with those in need and to grow in their own understanding and practice of the faith. Click here to find a ministry of interest to you.
Every skill we have is God’s own gift to us. Mature Christians grow in recognizing God’s graciousness in their own daily living. Our patroness, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux teaches us to make the most of every opportunity of every day, using our individual talents – however small they may appear to others – expressly for the praise of God and benefit of others.
For example, Saint Thérèse used her talents by accepting her assignments in the convent, however mundane and repetitive, as ways of growing and sharing her love for God and for others. Throughout each and every day she sought to show a love for all the nuns in her Carmelite community. She knew that everything she was able to accomplish, that is, all her talents, came from the generous love of God in her life.
Sharing our God-given talents leads to heightened confidence in God’s love. Truly, each day is God’s gift in which differences are made by the ways we choose to live. There are a variety of opportunities available at Little Flower for people to share their talents with those in need and, thereby to grow in their own understanding and practice of the faith. Click here to find a ministry of interest to you.
What is tithing?
Established by God in the Old Testament, tithing is the practice of returning 10% of your blessings to God. Originally the tithe was given to the temple or the Church in the form of produce or livestock, since this really was the only income that the people had. As our society shifted from a barter-based system of trade to a monetary exchange system, the tithe began to be paid in currency. Whether one gave monetary income or profit from the fields was really not as important as it was for the believer to understand that the tithe was what was owed to God. The tithe was not given based on the needs of the priests, of the Church or of the poor. It was given simply in recognition and gratitude for the blessings that God had bestowed on the individual. Thus, every believer had a need to tithe to God.
Is tithing still practiced today?
When God introduced the tithing in the Old Testament He told the Israelites this contribution was necessary from them to support the work of the Levites and the poor in the community. Today our parish needs to meet necessary expenses we incur in our on-going mission to spread God’s Kingdom, called as we are to care for the poor among us, no matter what form of poverty we encounter – physical, emotional or spiritual.
What are the benefits of tithing?
In addition to the fact that we are following God’s will and providing our parish with the vital resources we need to carry out the work of Jesus Christ here on earth, those who embrace tithing report that this approach has numerous benefits. The satisfaction, joy and meaning that come from gratefully sharing your blessings are tremendous.
As we carefully consider our spending and seek to make God first in our budget, the difference between what we need and what we want comes into view quickly. With time, that which we want exerts less of an influence upon us as we begin to live daily more according to our needs.
Tithing helps eliminate the endless clutter of material wants from our lives and the exhausting pursuit of all things material, redirecting our thoughts and efforts in ways that help us to more fully appreciate and savor God’s abundant blessing that already have been received.
As we stop seeking to satisfy cravings to accumulate material possessions, we begin to notice the importance of how we choose to spend our time. We realize that commercialism works to convince us that we never have enough of the right things, even though God has already blessed us with all that we need.
Ultimately, those who tithe often feel that the practice brings more joy, more peace, more contentment and more balance to their lives.