STEWARDSHIP is a way of life. It is a way of living each day in gratitude for all the blessings that God has given to us.
The roots of stewardship can be found in the Bible, which tells us over and over that God is the Creator and Giver of all gifts.
It is our responsibility to show our gratitude to God for these gifts, by giving back to Him the “first fruits.”
We do not own the gifts God gives to us. We are only here on earth to use those gifts to do God’s work.
A Christian steward:
- Receives God’s gifts gratefully.
- Cherishes and tends them responsibly.
- Shares them in justice and love.
- Returns them to God.
Small Steps to Stewardship
- Put a crucifix in your house – in a place where it is visible to guests.
- Visit with an elderly neighbour or relative, either in person if close by or by phone.
- Commit to doing one good act each week that will benefit someone without his/her knowing it. At the end of the week, share what you did with your family.
- Build a habit of thanking people whose work usually goes unnoticed-those who clean our business office, those who serve the food in fast food restaurants, cashiers at the supermarket.
- Send hand-written notes to senior members of the parish, thanking them for all they have done in their lives for the church community.
- Invite a person who is not able to get out of the house easily to go grocery shopping with our family.
- Make arrangements to pick up a homebound person for Mass each week.
- Take a can of food or another non-perishable item to the local food bank each week.
Check out these links from the Office of Formation for Discipleship from our Archdiocese of Toronto website
What is Stewardship
A Moment for God: TIME
Sharing My Gifts: TALENT
Return in Thanksgiving: TREASURE
Principals of Sacrificial: GIVING