MONDAY HOMILY: The Widow's Mite
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Second, we should strive to be generous in the things of God, turning attention to him and away from ourselves. Spiritual writers refer to this as a spirit of detachment. The widow of the Gospel - despite her poverty - lives a beautiful and generous spirit of detachment in the matter of her religious tithe. In absolute terms, her offering didn't amount to much, but for her it was a sacrificial gift, and we should not underestimate its spiritual value. "The precept of detachment from riches is obligatory for entrance into the Kingdom of heaven" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2544).
Finally, we acquire a right intention by rejecting discouragement. Many times our intentions may not be as crystalline as we would like. They may be mixed and confused. We should not worry too much about this. God will accept what our hearts can offer, and use that offering as a foundation for our continuing conversion.
With God's help, let us strive to set the stage for Advent by cultivating a generous spirit of detachment from the things around us.
Fr. Stephen B. Reynolds is pastor of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Sugar Land, TX, a suburb of Houston. You may visit the parish website at: www.SugarLandCatholic.com.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Gospel of Luke, daily homily, right intention, November 26 2012, widow's mite, tithe, tithing, temple, Jesus, Fr. Stephen B. Reynolds
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