Steward Stories: Rebekah (Becky) Hamilton
Saint Clement stewardship stories have been reformatted to focus on the three Anchors that relate to stewardship: Pray, Serve, and Give-as embodied by Saint Clement parishioners. We will feature parishioners involved in one of the above Anchors three times a year. Rebekah (Becky) Hamilton is focusing on the Anchor "Pray":
We have been members at Saint Clement for two years. Before that we were "wanderers" between various Catholic parishes, trying to find a community where prayer, teaching, and action were evident. We have found that place at Saint Clement. I find that it is in prayer that I dwell with God and in that there is both peace and challenge. The peace comes from knowing that it is by grace that my prayers are heard and the challenge is that Jesus calls us to follow Him, not just to sit. As one of the co-chairs of the Creation Care Ministry, I have found a community of people who have heard the call of Pope Francis in Laudato Si and who respond with hope and action. All of these efforts are based in prayer and the knowledge that our actions are strengthened and guided by prayer and community. I think sometimes prayer becomes relegated to the back burner of our lives because it doesn't appear to "do anything." However, I have found that prayer provides the internal strength to push against what seem to be unsurmountable odds and without prayer hope is hard to sustain. Jesus needed to pray to be able to do His ministry and if He did, we most surely do.
I would like to share a prayer from the Talmud:
"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Walk humbly now. Do justly now. Love mercy now. You are not expected to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it." (Shapiro, Wisdom of the Jewish Sages, 41, and basically a commentary on Micah 6:8.)