Reading the text of his talk, something he said hit me right between the eyes:
“Shamefacedness, a kind of embarrassment, is that fear that deters one from committing a disgraceful act. The parable of the steward who was afraid to beg illustrates that fear.”
The parable to which Fr. Clovis referred tells us:
“And the steward said within himself: What shall I do, because my lord taketh away from me the stewardship? To dig I am not able; to beg I am ashamed.” (Luke 16:3)
Thankfully, I am healthy enough to “dig” if necessary. That said, I do not believe that the Lord has taken away the stewardship.
I am sincerely convinced – perhaps now more than ever as the crisis in the Church tangibly draws closer to a head – that He desires for akaCatholic (me, our contributors, and each of you) to continue proclaiming the truth as best we’re able.
So why did Fr. Clovis’ words strike me?
Afraid and ashamed to beg…
While I didn’t know until recently that it’s called “shamefacedness,” I have known for some time now that my aversion to asking for help is not of God and must be overcome if His work is to be done here.
Even so, I have been dragging my feet to the point where the necessity of plainly asking for your financial support is well and truly critical.
Right or wrong, it’s just not me to wax dramatic. (God forbid it ever should be!)
So, at this I will simply ask for your prayers for me and my family and leave this plea on behalf of akaCatholic in the hands of Our Lord and Our Lady.