Permanently etched in my memory is a painting done by the famous Italian artist Caravaggio of the “Conversion of St. Paul.” It is one of Caravaggio’s greatest works, telling the story that changed the face of Christianity and the Catholic Church. I have read the account of Paul’s conversion many times in the New Testament […]
Fr. Dave Zimmer: What Would a School of Discipleship Look Like?
The experience of learning is a human activity that is a lifelong process. Whether we realize it or even acknowledge it, our opportunities to learn about life, acquire new knowledge or strengthen our faith are always right before us. While the potential to learn is constant, our “classrooms” keep changing. Where we experience “learning” is […]
Fr. Dave Zimmer: “Coincidental” Stewardship
The famous author Gilbert K. Chesterton supposedly once said, “Coincidences are God’s way of staying anonymous.” Some have told me they have no time for coincidences and even regard them as unimportant. There may have been a time when I might have agreed with them. But since a “conversion” to the stewardship way of life, […]
Fr. Dave Zimmer: Tithing Made a Difference in my Spiritual Life
Tithing hasn’t always been a part of my own practice of contributing to the Church or other charities. I donated when and what I could for a number of years, but I have to admit, how much I was willing to give was sporadic and inconsistent. To make the decision to commit 10 percent of […]
Fr. Dave Zimmer: Planting the Seeds That Become the Roots of Stewardship
The understanding of stewardship is that everything we have is a gift from God, and responding to that gift with gratitude and a need to give something back in appreciation has become our natural response. We have used our time, talent and resources to establish our parish as one who models the stewardship way of life.
Fr. Dave Zimmer: “Amazing Stewardship” Comes From “Amazing Grace”
A feature film production based on the life of William Wilberforce titled Amazing Grace was released three years ago. It got its name from a real-life friendship between Wilberforce and John Newton, who wrote the words to that famous Christian hymn, “Amazing Grace.” The film, however, told the story of one of the most amazing […]