There’s a silly story that goes:

Jesus and Satan had an argument about who was better with computers.  God decided to set them a time-limited test of their programming skills.  Jesus and Satan worked away, producing spreadsheets, graphs and documents by the kilometer.  About 15 minutes before the time expired, there was a loud thunderclap and POOF! both computers were dead.  Satan raged and ranted.  Jesus just sat back with a smile, as God declared Jesus the winner.  Satan said, “How can that be?  His computer is just as dead as mine.  How can either of us recover our work?”  God’s response was simply, “Jesus saves”

All of us have data on our computer that we need to be able to keep going.  If your hard drive dies, for whatever reason, recovery may be possible.  But it is much easier and less expensive if you have made a habit of backing up (saving) your data on a regular basis.

It’s not just your family photos and such that need to be replaced.  If you use your computer for writing your CWL reports, maintaining your council’s financial records, and so forth you need to back this data up regularly.

At home, I have a 1 terabyte drive for monthly backups.  In addition, I keep a USB stick for backup of every session when I work on my Provincial CWL duties.  I also keep a copy of the monthly per capita reports and of the monthly bank statements on this USB stick.

This fall, I was thankful that I did have that stick, as my CWL laptop had to be replaced.  It was relatively easy to restore our accounting program, Sage 50, as I had that backup. So, if you are not already maintaining a regular backup schedule, I recommend that you start one.  TODAY!


I just received my Winter issue of the Canadian League Magazine.  Our national Secretary-Treasurer, Janet McLean, has an excellent article about personal budgeting in it.

In terms of personal financial literacy, setting a budget is a fundamental.  All of us need to learn about basic finances so that we can be good stewards of what God has given us.

There are lots of books and online resources for us to learn from.  In addition, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada have a series of financial literacy seminars that their members can present to interested groups.  You can get more information at this site: One of these sessions might be useful as a parish initiative or at a diocesan meeting.

I wish you all a blessed Lent and Easter season.

May Our Lady of Good Counsel bless us all.

Suzanne Eng