The Mystery of Tithing-Part 2
Submitted by Thomas Stidl
In part 1 of this article we examined how living a good Catholic life can be compared to tithing. In part 2, let us consider prayer as another addition or alternative.
Another way of tithing time is to pray. The single person has the most time to pray for himself or herself. The married person although busy with pleasing their spouse should try to set aside a certain time during the day or the evening to pray as a family. The Rosary, the Divine Chaplet of Mercy, and the Litanies come to mind. If any of you have extra time, you can volunteer at your local parish. All pastors can always use extra assistance. If you are a widow or widower, take the time to say prayers daily for your friends, family, for people that do not know you, and for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Giving this time to God daily will remove some of the loneliness that you experience from the loss of a loved one.
My own regiment starts with one hour of prayer every morning and one and a half hours of prayer and meditation in the evenings. This is in addition to the assistance that I give to friends, neighbors, and perfect strangers. I once heard a song that clearly said that a stranger is a friend you did not know. Thank you Gentleman Jim Reeves.
Now, what exactly happens when you accomplish this? The hours fly by and God blesses you wit many favors. You may also notice that God answers all your requests and petitions quickly. You become more favored in God’s eyes and less susceptible to temptations and sin. This will shorten your time in Purgatory. You will think more of God and others than yourself. Remember, your generosity and mercy cannot exceed God’s mercy and generosity.
Remember, God is always surrounding us. He is in nature. He is in all catholic and orthodox churches. When passing a catholic or Orthodox Church, say hello to God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. They get lonesome too and want your love an attention. Also do not forget to tell the three persons in one God that you praise, bless and adore them and their holy names.
While you are at it, say hello to the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph. All will help you in your time of need. By the way I do this every time I pass a Catholic or Orthodox Church. So please say Hi for both you and me.
If you put these little things into action, you will probably be offering 100% of yourself instead of 10%.
Until next time, Laus Tibi, Christe. Deo Gratias. Praise be to God. See you in Paradise.