As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.
What is stewardship? It is difficult to teach or encourage stewardship unless one has a clear understanding of what the Church really means when it talks about stewardship. If we wish to embrace stewardship, we must gradually learn to embrace every aspect of stewardship. Incorrect perceptions about the word abound. Some people think stewardship is all about money. Some think it is all about service. Some think it is an environmental issue.
In reality, stewardship is a multi-faceted concept that addresses all aspects of our faith and spirituality. The Archdiocese of St. Louis Stewardship Education Council recently produced a Resource Sheet that strives to define the many facets of good stewardship. The Resource Sheet reminds us that stewardship is:
Dependence on God
A Love Response
Spending Time with God
Trust in God
To read more please click here to learn about each of these elements.
2017 is the 25th anniversary of the pastoral letter “Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response”. This document is the foundation of stewardship within the United States. Here are some paraphrased highlights from the introduction chapter to help re-focus our personal and parish stewardship efforts in 2017:
“Mature disciples make a conscious decision to follow Jesus, no matter the cost to themselves”.
“Conversion of heart and mind is not a single action, but a number of actions over a lifetime”.
“Stewardship is an expression of discipleship, it is being grateful and generous out of love for God and man”.
This is a wonderful letter, and well worth the time to read. Click here for a link to the full document or click here to read a summary of the document.