“From the very beginning Christians have brought, along with the bread and wine for the Eucharist, gifts to share with those in need. The custom of the collection, ever appropriate, is inspired by the example of Christ who became poor to make us rich” (CCC paragraph 1351).
For the true steward, money has a spiritual component. When used according to God’s will, our income becomes a sort of prayer — which demonstrates our love and gratitude to God, and our real trust in His plan for our lives. Our spending habits are also a reflection of who and what we truly love. God asks us to love Him above all else. Do we? Try challenging yourself in the following ways:
- Take a look at your current spending habits, and assess what expenses are preventing you from offering your treasure more selflessly.
- Ask yourself if your family budget reflects what you most love in this life so that your spending is a reflection of that love.
- Commit to giving a percentage of your income to God through the parish offertory as an expression of your love for the God Who withholds nothing of Himself from us.
In thanksgiving for God’s gifts, each household at St. Mary Church is asked to strive to give 10 percent of their income based on the biblical tithe — eight percent to St. Mary on the Hill Church, one percent to the Diocese of Savannah, and one percent to a charity. Contribution envelopes are mailed to your home address on a bi-monthly basis to registered families.