- Created on Saturday, March 18, 2017
- Written by Fr. Robert Novokowsky
On temporal matters, I have some bad news and some great news. The bad news is that we needed to get a loan to secure our finances. This loan was a bridge loan, to bridge the gap between the time the pledges were made to the Living Our Mission Capital Campaign and the time the payments are received by the parish. The loan would secure a healthy balance in our bank accounts so we were prepared to meet any emergency. We were advised that the price of the interest payments (the lowest ever) was well worth the security it provided. So in January we took a loan (backed by the diocese) which was $140,000.
The great news: two months later the loan is already paid in full, and there's money in the Building Fund! The parish was named as the beneficiary in several areas of Leroy Basham's Last Will and Testament. Because of his foresight and generosity, we were able to pay off the loan in one fell swoop. We have also received various other things, including property, which will all be liquidated. His pickup truck will remain in the parish service. Leroy lived very modestly; may his generosity now provide for him, by the mercy of God, an eternal reward. Please pray for Leroy's repose: May God rest his soul. Amen.
The importance of planned giving. Ideally the healthy parish is able to conduct its regular operations on its regular donations. Special donations, like bequests, enable the parish is do the special things like building or funding an endowment. You are required to look after your own needs with your own God-given resources. When your earthly pilgrimage is come to an end, will your resources exceed or fall short? For many, the resources will far exceed. St. Thomas says our God-given resources are entrusted to us, not only to take care of us, but also to enable us to help the common good of the community. If we hoard our resources, we might justify it by saying "God gave it to me for me." In actual fact, "God gave it to you for you and the community." If you had nothing to give, you’d never have the reward of being a benefactor. Being a benefactor is more than a benefit to the benefactor, it is essential: "Come blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in … Then shall the just answer him "Lord, when did we see you hungry? … Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me," (Matt. 25.34 ff). This gives some poignancy to the phrase "It is better to give than to receive."
Thank you for your continued generosity to the parish, in temporal goods, and spiritual goods also. May God reward you richly.