Saturday, January 14

The Standard of Christian Stewardship...

By The Very Reverend Thomas Hopko

The norm for non-monastic Christians is to be moderate in our possessions, to have only what is absolutely necessary, to give away more than we need in concrete acts of mercy, and thereby to be godly and spiritually free. The question, of course, is about what and how much are truly necessary. What do we really need? How much is enough? Each of us will have to decide for ourselves and our families, as well as our churches and nations. We can do this only by the Holy Spirit’s power, with the guidance of Scripture, participation in the Church’s liturgical and sacramental life, the reading of the lives of the saints, and the counsel of wise and loving pastors and elders in the faith.


Jeannine said...

Thank you Mat. Emily; this is a timely reminder. To live without coveting, to enjoy what we have, and to discern the needs from the wants...this is so important. I appreciate your wisdom. May I print them out and tape them to our household financial notebook?

Lindsey Gallant said...

Hi, I've been following your blog for a couple years now, but don't think I've ever left a comment! Just wanted to say I enjoy your blog, and thanks for making me think with posts like this one. I'm a Christian but not Orthodox, and I find it very interesting to see glimpses of your world. I'm going to link this post to my blog!

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