St. Jude & Our Lady of Lourdes
Stewardship

Stewardship is not just about sharing our financial treasure, but sharing our gifts of time and talents, as well. When we recognize that ALL we possess is a gift from God – our abilities, our talents, our material possessions – then we realize that sharing the first portion of all those blessings is the way of life Stewardship (Christ) calls us to.

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To Be a Christian Steward
A Summary of the U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Stewardship

 

 "As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace" (1 Pt 4:10).

What identifies a steward? Safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly are one answer; so is generous giving of time, talent, and treasure.  But being a Christian steward means more. 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.

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Disciples as Stewards

Let us begin with being a disciple—a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. As members of the Church, Jesus calls us to be disciples. This has astonishing implications:

  • Mature disciples make a conscious decision to follow Jesus, no matter what the cost.

  • Christian disciples experience conversion—lifeshaping changes of mind and heart—and commit their very selves to the Lord. 

  • Christian stewards respond in a particular way to the call to be a disciple. Stewardship has the power to shape and mold our understanding of our lives

  • and the way in which we live.

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.