Use It Well!

Wisdom 6:6-7

For the lowliest man may be pardoned in mercy,
but mighty men will be mightily tested.
For the Lord of all will not stand in awe of any one,
nor show deference to greatness;
because He Himself made both small and great,
and He takes thought for all alike.

Jesus told us that of those to whom much is given, much will be required. That still holds true today. If God has richly blessed you, remember that such blessings come with the expectation that you shall turn and bless others in return. As Christmas approaches, remember the song (and the caution) Mother Mary sang, “He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent empty away.” Make sure that your earthly goods are used to ensure a heavenly place. Remember the poor, not only at Christmas, but throughout the year.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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