The Basilica of Saint Mary
July 22, 2017
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The Basilica of Saint Mary
We are located on Hennepin Avenue between 16th & 17th Streets in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Phone: 612.333.1381
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· Weekly Newsletter
  January 16, 2014
· Parish Bulletin
  December 27, 2013
· BASILICA Magazine
  December 6, 2013
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Personal Stewardship

Biblical Stewardship is a way of life rooted in scripture. During the months of June and July at The Basilica, we will focus on personal stewardship. Personal stewardship means caring for yourself in mind, body and spirit. Always remember that each of our lives is a gift from God. It is in caring for ourselves tenderly and with vigilance that we will best able to serve God and each other. During this period of personal stewardship we realize that “It’s all about me!” is really all about caring for ourselves tenderly and with vigilance, so that we are best able to serve God and one another.

For additional resources and information, check out our Personal Stewardship 2013 Toolkit. Read it online, or print as a booklet.  

How do we care for ourselves that will best allow us to serve God and be his emissary during our lives? Over the months of June and July, we will explore this question by working on improving our healthful practices. Change is a developmental process and it all starts with you. To God every person is precious, and caring for ourselves in mind, body and spirit is in accordance with God’s will.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. 
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
–Teilhard de Chardin

I have been given the ability to make healthful changes to better serve God and benefit myself and those around me. How can I actively care for myself? Remember, it’s OK to say “It’s all about me!”

For I know the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope.  When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you.  When you look for me, you will find me. -Jeremiah 29:11-13

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Personal Stewardship Prayer

Father, give us
Wisdom to perceive you,
Intellect to understand you,
Diligence to seek you,
Patience to wait for you,
Eyes to behold you,
A heart to meditate on you,
And a life to proclaim you,
Through the power of the spirit
of our Lord Jesus Christ.

-Saint Benedict (480-547)

Children's Prayer

Creator God,
You made us wonderful and holy.
Teach me…
Teach me to take care of my body which helps me to work and play.
Teach me to feed my mind by learning new things, so that I may help others.
Teach me to listen with my heart, so I may share love and see the love that others give me.

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