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Aug. 8, 2010: 19 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Friendships can be some of our most valued treasure!

Jesus said to his companions: “Fear not, little flock, for it is God’s good pleasure to open to you the reign of God. Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Luke 12:32-34)

Jesus invites us in today’s Gospel to acquire “treasures” with lasting value. It is so easy in our society to want more and more stuff. Often the more we have the more we seem to want. All the things we have do not really make us happy.
Probably what makes us happiest costs absolutely nothing: a beautiful day, a loving family, good friends, etc. None of these cost money; they only cost our gratitude.


Saint Mother Theodore Guerin tells us to “thank God with all your heart.”
Thank God every day.
Always show your gratitude by saying “thanks” for anything you receive from others.

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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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