Stewardship/Corresponsabilidad

by David B. Valdivia

LOCAL PARISH STEWARDSHIP  – MAY

The concept of Stewardship is simply recognizing that everything we have and everything we are is a gift from God. Then, being grateful for our gifts, developing them, and generously sharing with others. It is about developing an attitude of gratitude.

Gifts are typically categorized as time in prayer, talent in charitable works and treasure generously shared. How do we practice this in everyday life?

TIME ‐ invest in your prayer life.

  • Pray to God frequently throughout the day, every day.
  • Talk and listen to God. This is best done in silence.

TALENT – willingness to help others.

  • Participate in parish ministries and other charitable good works.
  • Accept responsibility for helping others.

TREASURE – generosity with your financial gifts.

  • Generously return a portion of the money you have been given by God.
  • Give cheerfully without expecting anything in return.
  • No gift is too small or insignificant.

Stewardship isn’t some exclusive club:

  • We are all stewards!
  • Living a stewardship lifestyle is a series of conversions – changes that soften our hearts and makes room for the Holy Spirit to enter and work through us.
  • As the Body of Christ we are called to help each other strengthen our relationship with the Holy Trinity and with each other.
  • The whole point of Stewardship – to help each other get to Heaven!

Living a stewardship lifestyle:

  • Takes time – time to pray.
  • Is difficult – demands placing God first in all things and not putting other “gods” before God.
  • Means taking risks – detaching ourselves from our time, comfort, possessions, and money.
  • Placing our complete trust in God and being generous with all of our gifts, especially the one that means the most to you.

Stewardship requires action. The actions of past generations is what built the Church. It is our responsibility to develop and nurture our gifts for future generations.

Stewardship isn’t easy, but it has tremendous rewards ‐ Love, Peace, and Joy on earth and Eternal Life in Heaven!

Question: When you stand before God and He asks what you have done with the gifts He has given you, how will you respond?

Stewardship Alive!, March: Stewardship An Attitude of Gratitude, written by David Baranowski