Let’s begin by stating what stewardship is not.
Stewardship is not an activity – It is an attitude
Stewardship is not a way to raise money – It is a way to attain holiness
Stewardship is not just a decision of the head – It requires a conversion of the heart
Stewardship is not a topic to learn – It is a process of becoming
Stewardship is not the latest fad – It is biblically based
Stewardship is not an option – It is integral to our Catholic faith
Stewardship is not another thing to do – It is why and how we do what we do
Stewardship is not about our generosity – It is about our response to God’s generosity
Stewards is what we do after we say, “We Believe!” and the realization that Stewardship is not a program, but . . . A Way of Life!
Christ is at the center of stewardship, and Scripture tells us how to be good, responsible and mature stewards. We are all called, through our Baptism, to be saints in our time. To be saints, we have to be disciples of Christ. And to be disciples of Christ, we must live our lives as Christian stewards.
“If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant also be.” – John 12:26
According to the Bishop’s Pastoral Letter of 1992, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, a good, responsible and mature Christian Steward is:
One who receives God’s gifts gratefully
Cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner
Shares them in justice and love with others, and
Returns them with increase to the Lord
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” – 1 Peter 4:10