The introduction to our American Bishops’ pastoral letter Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response clearly summarizes the faithful steward’s approach to daily life:
- Stewardship is an expression of discipleship, with the power to change how we understand and live our lives.
- Disciples who practice stewardship recognize God as the origin of life, the giver of freedom, the source of all they have and are and will be…They know themselves to be recipients and caretakers of God’s many gifts. They are grateful for what they have received and eager to cultivate their gifts out of love for God and one another.
Today’s disciples of Jesus draw from their experiences to help spread the message of stewardship. It does us little good to profess our faith in Jesus and then not follow His teaching and example. Stewardship in action can be found in every parish, community and society.
Disciples and stewards hold three spiritual values in common: faith, gratitude and openness of heart. Faithful followers of Christ express that gratefulness publicly as well. We are called to share a portion of the blessings we have received from God with others, especially persons in need. In that way we make this a more just society and build up the Church. As the saying goes, “We are the Church.”
For information on stewardship programs and international conferences: www.catholicstewardship.org
As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. (1 Peter 4:10)