IRA FAQ: Marsha Stevens

A Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA custodian directly to a qualified charity (payable to that charity). QCDs can be counted towards your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year, if certain rules are met. In addition to the benefits of giving to Cru, a QCD excludes the amount donated from taxable income, …

Alphonsus Liguori: The Love of God and Attachments

“If you wish to strengthen your confidence in God still more, often recall the loving way in which He has acted toward you, and how mercifully He has acted toward you, and how mercifully He has tried to bring you out of your sinful life, to break your attachment to the things of earth and draw you to His love.” …

Eric Fleshood: Receiving the Kingdom

I remember well the acute anticipation I felt leading up to my wedding day. The knowledge that I would receive a great gift: the person with whom I shared so much joy would be my wife. I was filled with a longing, a spiritual energy, and a happiness that anyone could see on my face. In the meantime, there were …

George Herbert: What will you desire this year?

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31-33 Many people have …

Kent Millard: 100 Percent

And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor …

Marsha Stevens: Stewardship – Redefined

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town …

Justin Welby: Small Steps

No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Mammon. Matthew 6:24 “What we gain when we give comes in many forms. First of all, when we give, we recognize, both implicitly and explicitly, …

Hugh McGinlay: Thanksgiving Day Prayer

“One’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15b On Thanksgiving Day, we acknowledge God’s blessings and the bounty of our land. In a spirit of thanksgiving we approach our God for what we need. God of the promises, you are generous in your gifts to us. Help us to be faithful disciples of Jesus in our …

Matthew Suhocki: Give to the one who begs from you

“We have somehow convinced ourselves that we never have enough and that we are always entitled to more. Thus people accrue debt, spending on things that depreciate in value not simply at death (when we can take nothing with us), but long before that, such as bigger and better televisions and the latest, shinier “iGadget”… This constant need to have …