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OPEN OUR HEARTS IN STEWARDSHIP

 

 

WHAT IS STEWARDSHIP?

Stewardship asks us to recognize the gifts and talents with which God has blessed us.

Stewardship invites us to use the gifts and talents with which God has blessed us according to God’s will.

Stewardship challenges us to share our time, talent and treasure beyond what we believe we can do in order to grow as God desires.

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What Stewardship Means to Me by Sheryl Lifka

There is a station of the cross dedicated to Simon.  The 5th Station: Simon carries the cross for Jesus.  We know nothing about Simon.  We don’t know his story.  And that is the point.  It is not about him and more importantly, it isn’t about me or you.   Jesus is the one who carried the cross.  The cross He carried is our sins, our struggles.  Jesus came NOT to be served, but to serve (Mark 11:45).   Jesus came into our world not just to serve us, but to save us from our sins, our struggles and selfishness.  Stewardship is a reminder of all that we have been GIVEN.  Looking at the cross and at our Savior’s willingness to carry it, how can we not be like Simon and jump in to help carry it?  Stewardship is simple. Stewardship is looking at our gifts, looking at our blessings, recognizing our sins, realizing our struggles and shortcomings and saying to Jesus, “Thank you”.  Then, with gratitude, reaching out your hands to the cross, lifting it to your shoulder and telling Jesus, “I came to serve too…. And I will help You carry the crosses of others”.  It is simple- Be Simon.  To me, THAT is what stewardship is all about.

A LIFE OF STEWARDSHIP:
SAINT DAMIEN DE VEUSTER
 

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