Stewardship as a way of life
“To Be a Christian Steward, A Summary of the U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, 1992”
Jesus’ disciples and Christian stewards recognize God as the origin of life, giver of freedom, and source of all things. We are grateful for the gifts we have received and are eager to use them to show our love for God and for one another. We look to the life and teaching of Jesus for guidance in living as Christian stewards…Stewards of God’s gifts are not passive beneficiaries. We cooperate with God in our own redemption and in the redemption of others.
Stewardship is a way of life that Jesus taught to his followers by his words and example. As my bishop so eloquently articulated in his letter to me that I shared with the community, “It acknowledges that we do not own anything. Everything – who we are, what we have, and what we can do – is on loan from God. All is entrusted by God to us for our management or administration.” We are reminded of the need to be grateful to God! Why? Because we are trusted to serve as caretakers. And we manage God’s property according to God’s good pleasure: To provide for ourselves and our dependents what is needed to live in human dignity. We are also called to share with the Church for its mission, and with people who cannot provide for or protect themselves. We look to the life and teaching of Jesus for guidance in living as Christian stewards. As a community we seek a more deliberate attempt to be sensitive to our need to share, and to people that need our help, ready to share time, talent, and money with Church and charity. We need to cultivate a culture of stewardship, especially in our young – we need to look for opportunities to engage our children in acts of stewardship by serving the poor, giving alms, and sharing their gifts for the good of the Church.