Stewardship is so much more than our monetary offerings! We are urged to share generously of whatever talents, abilities and wealth God has entrusted to us. (Romans 12:6-8) It has three aspects: Time, Talent & Treasure, all grounded in gratitude.
TIME: Good stewards take care of the things they are given or inherit. Will we value what we have inherited by pitching in and helping to get the jobs of the parish completed (mowing, cleaning, gardening, counting, ordering, etc.)? Many hands make light work. Check the bulletin for current needs, take them to prayer and listen for God’s response. Whether or not you felt convicted to become involved in any of the ministries or committees of the church, your prayers will help.
TALENT: What are your gifts? Take the Spiritual Gifts Assessment, which will also help you to see your physical gifts. Print or email your results to Fr. Leo.
Wondering if you are living a balanced life? Take the Spiritual_Pulse_Self_Assessment, based on the book, The Power of Pause: Becoming More by Doing Less by Terry Hershey.
TREASURE: In the Old & New Testaments we are encouraged to give the first 10% of our “fruits” to God as a way of acknowledging that it all came from Him to begin with, and our gratitude for all we receive. This is called “tithing.” Its use is for the upkeep of the Church, but also to meet the needs of the poor, widows and orphans. God loves a cheerful giver. When figuring your 10% (or more!) include what to give in your weekly offering (for the needs of the local church), what you will give to the many second collections like the Campaign for Human Development, which happens every September and reaches the poor locally and throughout the US, the missions of the Pope, The Catholic Ministries Appeal, which supports the work of the Diocese and your generosity to other local efforts. Through WeShare, our online electronic giving service, you can set automatic deductions from your credit card or bank account to come to us, second collections and The Catholic Ministries Appeal.
God is counting on us to be His Missionary Disciples. It is not necessary to travel to some foreign country as The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal do. It can be as close to home as befriending someone who is having a hard time. Can Christ count on us?