Daily Readings, Daily Meditation, & Saint of the Day
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:
To read more please click here to learn about each of these elements.
Lord Jesus Christ,We gather in your name as did your apostles before us. And we live, as they did, in anxious times, painfully aware of sin’s presence in the world; a world in need of your Father’s mercy and love. As your disciples, we also live in hope, confident that your light is breaking throughthe changing moods of life - healing, embracing and transforming as your presence moves deep within us.Make us better stewards of the great wealth of gifts you have bestowed upon us. And show us how to teach others to open their hearts to those who hunger, thirst or who are strangers. Refresh our minds, renew our faith, and inspire us to proclaim your Gospel with a new energy in word and in deed for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.Amen
Does your prayer life support and nurture a life grounded in God’s abundance?
Do you fall into the trap of praying at specific times throughout the day, whereas your prayer becomes "routine"?
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:
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.
International Catholic Stewardship Council