How Are You Using Your Gifts?

The parable in today’s Gospel account invites us to ask ourselves the question: "How well am I using the gifts that God has given to me?" As I think about it, I find that the words of St. Teresa of Kolkata can be a source for reflection and inspiration. I would like to share some of them with you.

Spread love wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature — trees, flowers, grass — grow in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.

I fear just one thing: money! Greed — the love of money — was what motivated Judas to sell Jesus.

Life in an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it.  Life is life, fight for it.

Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to his voice in the depth of our heart.

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.

I’m am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, "How many good things have you done in your life?" rather he will ask, "How much love did you put into what you did?"

Charity begins today. Today somebody is suffering, today somebody is in the street, today somebody is hungry. Our work is for today, yesterday has gone, tomorrow is yet to come. Do not wait for tomorrow.

I remember my mother, my father and the rest of us praying together each evening. It is the greatest gift to a family. It maintains family unity. So go back to family prayer and teach your children to pray and pray with them.

God has not called me to be successful, he has called me to be faithful. When we stand before God, results are not important. Faithfulness is what matters.

You are the messenger of God’s love, a living lamp that offers its light to all, and the salt of the earth. Take Jesus to the people and places that need him most today.

- Father Dennis, November 15, 2020