When meditating on Death, Judgement, Heaven, Purgatory or Hell, it is a very good profitable use of time to reflect on how we are using our “Talents” for God before we die.
Each one of us have been given 5 or 2 or 1 talents by God. They are first and foremost to be used to gain souls for Him. Then comes using them to raise a family, learn, work, create and earn a living.
What exactly are these “Talents” Jesus spoke about when He said the Lord gave “Talents” to His servants?
“For even as a man going into a far country, called his servants, and delivered to them his goods; And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to every one according to his proper ability: and immediately he took his journey.
And he that had received the five talents, went his way, and traded with the same, and gained other five. And in like manner he that had received the two, gained other two. But he that had received the one, going his way digged into the earth, and hid his lord’ s money.
But after a long time the lord of those servants came, and reckoned with them. And he that had received the five talents coming, brought other five talents, saying: Lord, thou didst deliver to me five talents, behold I have gained other five over and above.
His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. And he also that had received the two talents came and said: Lord, thou deliveredst two talents to me: behold I have gained other two. His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
But he that had received the one talent, came and said: Lord, I know that thou art a hard man; thou reapest where thou hast not sown, and gatherest where thou hast not strewed. And being afraid I went and hid thy talent in the earth: behold here thou hast that which is thine.
And his lord answering, said to him: Wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sow not, and gather where I have not strewed: Thou oughtest therefore to have committed my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received my own with usury. Take ye away therefore the talent from him, and give it to him that hath ten talents. For to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound: but from him that hath not, that also which he seemeth to have shall be taken away. And the unprofitable servant cast ye out into the exterior darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” St. Matthew 25:14-30
I would say the talents or gifts from God are:
- Faith. The greatest gift we have was given to us at Baptism by God, the Church and our parents; it is faith to believing in God, the Bible and His Holy Catholic Faith. This gives us a foundation and context for discovering and living out a meaningful life. Often we forget that it is a gift. But since we do have it, we need to use it and share it with those who still live in darkness.
- Holy Spirit. Jesus promised, as He was leaving this world to return to His Father, to give us the gift of the Holy Spirit, the teacher, the guide, the advocate and the consoler. This talent must be accessed through prayer and holy people who help us to hear the voice of God and to direct us on how to live our lives for God. The Holy Spirit always is directing us to bring LOVE and NEW LIFE where every we go and work.
- Money. Even poor people have some money. But most people have a lot of money. They complain that they do not, but the fact is that they spend a great deal of money every month. Education, intelligence, energy, time and jobs come from God. So the money we earn is to be used wisely and given back to God generously. Just imagine all the great things that could be done to save souls if people used all the money they waste on sports, gambling, clothes, new cell phones, computers, music, rock concerts, movies, new cars, supping up cars to race, boats, jewelry, shopping, eating out and on drugs and drinking to support traditional Catholic work.
- Property. Believe it or not, God owns the earth because He created it and all that it produces. So all the land and homes we own are by right, truly His. And yet, how little of this earth is given back to God for monasteries, churches, retreat centers, schools, hospitals and clinics for the poor.
- Possessions. All we own is God’s. We have so much more than we need. Think of all the jewelry that is put away in safety deposit boxes and never used. Think of the money that could be gained by selling it and using it for saving souls. We buy and buy and fill up our houses, closets and garages with thing we do not need. All that money could have been used for God.
- Time. God has given us all LIFE. It is measured in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years. Every second is a gift from God and is to be used well. So much time is wasted on Instagram, Facebook, internet, watching TV and sports, sleeping, talking, working and for some, time in prison.
- Energy. To wake up in the morning refreshed and with energy is a great gift. But so much energy is wasted on evil things. And when it comes to doing things for the Kingdom of God and to save souls, everyone is tired. Youth especially have an abundance of energy that is wasted on sports for human glory, partying, gangs and making money they really do not need, (they live with their parents and have what they need, but they work for the a new car, music, clothes, concerts, phones). We should use our energy to spread the Gospel and help others.
- Intelligence. All of us are gifted in different ways. Intelligence is something we are born with, a gift from God. Great things can be done with this to advance the Kingdom of God. Those that are good at technology can use it to use the internet to preach the Gospel. Those that are good at science can teach people how God is behind all this great complex universe we live in. Intelligence has been also used to fight against God and His Kingdom. Most people with PHD’s are agnostic or atheist. They lost their faith from their teachers and friends. They wrongly think their high IQ came from themselves. No, that too is a gift from God to be used to learn, discover, teach and write about God and His creation. It is also very important and fun to be creative in how we use our intelligence and what we do. Many things are never done because people do not use this important part of their intelligence.
- Tongues. Some of us are better at learning foreign languages than others. This is a great gift that helps us travel for God and share the truth about of Catholic faith or to work with the poor in other countries. Even it if is hard to learn, we still have the ability to learn another language to help other people. The language of love and a smile is understood by everyone.
- Adventuresome. Most people stay close to where they were born, in their small little worlds. But some have the gift to be adventuresome, to go out and do new things for God. Fear and laziness keeps most people from using their gifts of doing adventuresome things. As traditional Catholics, we need to think out side the box and to go out side the box.
- Strength. Some people are physically or emotional stronger than others. This also is a gift to be channeled into doing great things for God.
- Guts. Many things can be accomplished when we simple approach challenges with guts. In everything we will do for God, there will be many obstacle and enemies. But with God’s help we can overcome them with courage and guts.
I do not like the Stewardship concept used in most parishes. It is more focused on Treasure, than on time or talent. From my experience, it is too much of a slick Maddison Ave money making program. But what they do have correct, is that all we have comes from God and that we should at least give the BEST and the First back to God from whom we receive it.
While we are still alive, let us take a serious inventory of what we have, what we truly need and what we can give back to God to spread His Kingdom, share traditional Catholicism and save more precious souls. We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to be putting our life, possessions and energy for Jesus. Now lets get adventuresome, be brave and do great things for the New Advent Of Traditional Catholicism.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.