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St. Bartholomew Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Needham, Massachusetts. We are a faith-filled community of believers, engaged in a wide variety of stewardship activities. We have a religious education program for children and many ministry programs for adults.

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Stewardship: A Way of Life

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TRUST
Once again we look to Webster for clarification, a definition for this word, TRUST: “firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something; responsibility for someone or something; an arrangement whereby someone (or an organization) manages property for the benefit of others; trust in; entrust; hope.”

The ability to trust today is a subject that is discussed on TV, in our news sources, and most obviously on our technology devices by which many cannot live without, even for a few minutes. Trust issues and their implications can be shared instantaneously today, like no other time in history. Trustworthy or not is an issue that holds our attention, particularly in this presidential election year. Trust, however, is something that we have and could not live without every day. If we had to examine every one of our daily trust issues, we would go crazy trying to function. We trust that the sun will rise and set every day; that our family and friends are in our lives; that we will have food to eat and a home to come back to; that we will go to work in our cars or trains or busses that are ever present; etc. We trust that our days will go on as usual, unless they don’t. If we don’t have these constants in life for ourselves and our families, we lose our stability. Life is very unsettling. ‘trust, entrust, hope” is very difficult. Trust in anything worldly, not given to us by God, has no guarantee.

There is a painting of Jesus as described by St. Faustina to an artist after one of her many visions and conversations with Jesus. He asked for her to have this painting done showing Jesus in a white robe, one hand raised in blessing and the other hand at His breast, many colored ‘rays’ coming out from his heart, and under this picture the words, “JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU.” This TRUST is a guarantee born out of love and a ‘reliable’ ‘truthful‘ ‘hopeful’ action that will be with us always, forever. Do we have this ‘belief’ and trust in God without doubts as He has asked us to do and which He has unconditionally for us? He also asked her to promote ‘the Second Sunday of Easter as a celebration of the Divine Mercy.’ (February 22, 1931) This was accomplished on April 30, 2000 by Pope John Paul II.

The whole world is looking at us at this particular time in history and are as confused as we are in what they hear and see these days. It is a sobering and confusing time for all of us as we deal with our basic issues and choices of life. Unintentionally, we are being forced to self examine our beliefs and hopefully we can do this in good conscience and not fall victim to hype and who will influence our decisions with a twisting of words. Our priorities are being challenged and we must remember the true meaning of the word TRUST. “Jesus, I trust in You.” All else comes from a reflection of what this truly means in our lives. Life will never be perfect. That perfection is reserved for our Lord. We can only do our best living up to this challenge for ourselves, our families and friends, our country. Backing off is not living up to the challenge of being a citizen in this great country that we have been blessed to live in. People are not perfect. But our system is the best the world knows for each and every one of its people.

Stewardship Questions: Kathy Reilly 781-444-0862 email: kreilly15@yahoo.com If anyone needs a ride to a church service or wishes a home or Communion visit, please contact me.

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