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Fr. Lauer's Approach to Finances

"Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" / Practice what you preach

 

Fr. Al's insights into finances, worldly possessions, simple life-style, and detachment went beyond talk and theory. His priestly salary, stipends, and possessions belonged, not to him, but to God. He considered himself only a steward.

Shopping was rare or non-existent for Fr Al during most of his adult life. Various articles of clothing sufficed for years and were replaced by family members or acquaintances at the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. A shoe store owner, upon meeting him at a parish mission, sent new shoes periodically. He owned no car. He taught tithing and led by example.

All Presentation Ministries' workers volunteer their time freely. Fr. Al gave years of time, energy, teaching, and organizational work receiving no personal compensation. All stipends acquired from his numerous mission trips across the USA were sowed back into Presentation Ministries (PM).

Not only did Fr. Al personally follow radical financial practices, but included them in PM's statutes. He trusted that God would provide the necessary funds for PM to operate. That is why PM offers its materials and retreats for an unspecified offering, making everything available to all, regardless of their ability to pay. If sufficient financial support (fails to materialize each month, it is a sign to step back and determine if God wants changes. PM's statutes indicate that rather than go into debt, particular on-going expenses should be prayerfully discerned and perhaps discontinued.

Fr. Al refused to support abortion. After discovering that Federal tax monies funded abortions, he ceased to pay them—whatever the consequences—even imprisonment. He wrote letters of explanation each year as he filed with IRS. He also wrote a leaflet entitled Abortion and Your Taxes, publicly explaining his stance. In time, the government caught up with this radically thinking priest, the outcome being Fr. Al's refusal to accept any income at all for the remainder of his life.

 

 

 
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