The Stewardship Prayer
Generous and loving God, I give thanks to you for the gifts you have given me -
my life, my family, my friends, my faith
and all my talents and treasures.
All that I have comes from You. Help me to remember this and rejoice in your goodness. Walk with me, my God. Help me on my spiritual journey, so that I may constantly renew my relationship with You and all the good people in our parish community.
Renew in me your Spirit. Give me the strength and courage to become
a better follower of Jesus, to be His Disciple.
Help me to hear your call to “Come, Follow Me.” What I do for others, I do for You. I give you glory, my God, as I make stewardship a way of life.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN.
STEWARDSHIP a way of life.People have the power to live as stewards, striving to realize the ideal set forth by St Paul: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” “Everyone must do just as he has proposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-8) How Do You Give? God has given us everything we have! The good steward always remembers this and is forever grateful. Stewardship, however, requires more than this. Stewardship asks us to give back some of the gifts God has given. We are not asked to give back everything. Yet, we are challenged to give a grateful first portion. For many Catholics, giving to God first can seem like a tremendous sacrifice. Usually we take care of our own needs and wants first. God gets the leftovers, if there are any leftovers. Yet, as we go through life constantly acquiring more possessions, we feel a nagging doubt that there must be more to life than this. Consider the word “sacrifice”. It comes from the Latin words “sacer,” meaning “sacred” and “facere” meaning “to make.” Thus, when we sacrifice, we make sacred the funds that we share. When we gratefully and generously share with open hands and open hearts, we experience the joy of giving. When we cling tightly to money and possession, they become a burden. Can Faith Help You Give? Deciding to give to God first in the spirit of sacrifice involves true faith. We must trust that what is left over will be enough for our needs. Happily, though, the rewards of such a decision are many. - We usually discover that far from being impoverished, we are enriched both spiritually and materially when we give to God first. - Our faith is deepened and we clearly begin to realize the difference between what we really need and what we simply want. - We know the fulfillment that comes from helping to build God’s Church. In order for the Church to preach the Gospel, care for the needy, educate our children and worship together, it needs resources. These resources range from new pews to computers. None of these items are free and all need care and maintenance. Those of us with financial blessings have the ability, honour and obligation to provide the Church with funds needed to do God’s work. Through our Baptism, we are all called to be responsible for the work of our Church. Some Catholics tithe a certain percentage of their income to the parish and to Catholic charities like Cafod and St Cuthbert’s Care. for example 5% to the parish and 5% to the diocese and Catholic charities. This may not be possible for all of us at this time. However, each of us can give back some part of the many blessings that God has given us, Those who put their faith in God and work toward giving Him a greater share are often surprised at how easy it is to give more. For Your Reflection. Where are you storing your treasure? Do you know what percentage of your treasure you currently give to God? Does this percentage reflect your gratitude for all that God gives you? Are you giving a grateful portion to God and the Church? “For where your treasure is, there also will be your heart.” (Matthew 6:19-21)