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August 30, 2009: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ensuring that we are good stewards of Earth's natural resources by recycling is just one action we can take in living out our faith daily.

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…Receive with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. …Be doers of the word, and not hearers only … (James 1:17-18, 21, 25)

Although the letter of James is attributed to James the Apostle, it was probably written by another James, possibly a relative of Jesus. The letter is short and contains practical advice for Christian living. One point that comes across strongly in the letter of James is that faith must be accompanied by action. Actions say a lot about a person’s faith. James writes at one point that “faith without good works is dead.” Observing a person’s actions will tell you about the strength of his or her faith.

Action:

Read the short letter of James. Find a practical tip in the letter that will help you be a better Christian. Put that action into practice in your life.

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Sister Mary Beth Klingel

Sister Mary Beth is a general officer on the leadership team of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She has previously served as an elementary school teacher, pastoral minister and director of novices.

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