"In the end, everything
has been entrusted to our protection,
and all of us are responsible for it.
Be protectors of God's gifts!"
Pope Francis, Inaugural Mass
“Stewardship is not just about one or another aspect of our faith lives; it is about all of it. It is the overarching and foundational spirituality that shapes our entire existence.”
Bishop Carl A. Kemme
“Sometimes we need to get back to the basics when we talk about stewardship. We need to realize that stewardship is not rocket science, but rather is something simple we all can grasp and understand. God will want to know how we took care of others’ needs, and that’s really what the stewardship way of life does. It provides us with the opportunity to care for another one’s needs, just as Jesus has asked us to do.”
Msgr. Thomas McGread
“Stewardship is a decision of the will not a feeling, although good feelings often follow. We can’t wait for our attitudes regarding stewardship to change our behavior. By changing our behavior our attitudes will change to match the Gospel way of life.”
Bishop Emeritus Eugene J. Gerber
“There is nothing we have; nothing; that is not a gift. Everything we are and everything we have is founded in the loving generosity of the Creator. When we know this, not just in our minds but in the depths of our hearts, then life takes on a whole new meaning. Then we have a whole different perspective about our time or our talents or our treasure, our bodies, our minds, hearts – everything that we are and everything that we have – takes on a completely different perspective.”
Bishop Carl A. Kemme
“Help us Lord so that we would hold nothing back, that no sacrifice would be too great, too costly, or too unthinkable. Send us, Lord, heroes and heroines of stewardship, saints on the journey whose walk as disciples inspire us to imitate and pattern our own lives after. Put on our path, Lord, men, women, and children who will model for us – for our diocese – how to live, how to serve, how to love the Lord with all our hearts. Let this be our prayer, let this be our greatest desire and intention.”
Bishop Carl A. Kemme
"The amount of time, talent and treasure we decide to share with others, our parish and the diocese, the poor and all those who need our help usually corresponds to how well we understand and accept that all we are, have and can do is an undeserved gift from God. Living stewardship as a way of life flows like a river from hearts that have gained this wisdom."
Bishop Michael O. Jackels
‘“Why do we have to fill out a form?’ If we look at things logically, we realize that whenever we put things in writing and put our name to a form, the chances are we are going to fulfill it. If we just ‘promise’ to do something we can always rationalize away that promise very quickly for all kinds of different reasons. If we have that form, we know what we have committed and are expected to follow through.”
Msgr Thomas McGread
“…following up with those who have made written commitments and personally inviting them to participate is necessary also. Your parishioners need to know that their participation in the life of the parish is wanted and even needed.”
Msgr. Thomas McGread
Jesus not only calls people to Him but also forms them and sends them out in His service. He knows our personal histories, our strengths and weaknesses, our destinies; he has a purpose in mind for each one of us. Becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ leads naturally to the practice of stewardship. These linked realities; discipleship and stewardship, then make up the fabric of a Christian life in which each day is lived in an intimate, personal relationship with the Lord.
Excerpts from: Stewardship A Disciple’s Response - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter Stewardship
HOSPITALITY – Christian kindness: Love expressed through hospitality and the use of one’s gifts for the glory of God. To know and care about each other, to share a deep sense of belonging and to welcome the stranger.
PRAYER - a heart to heart with God: It is through prayer that we nurture our personal relationship with Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. “Prayer is as necessary to our souls as food is to our bodies.” (Characteristics of a Christian Steward) The Pillar of Prayer offers opportunities and teaches parishioners to participate in prayer as a community and at home in the domestic church. It is through prayer and Mass that we learn to gratefully recognize, receive and share our gifts in love of God and neighbor.
FORMATION - continuous conversion: formation involves education of the mind and conversion of the heart. The meaning of faithful stewardship and how to live this way of life is at the core of the disciple’s response to the gift of faith given to us by God.
SERVICE - Love in action: “If I therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.” John 13:14-15
Dearest lord, teach me to be generous; teach me to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost.” St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)
"Give something, however small, to the one in need. For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could." -St. Gregory Nazianzen
Life is not given to us to be jealously guarded for ourselves, but is given to us so that we may give it in turn. Pope Francis, to an audience on April 24, 2013
Let us protect with love all that God has given us! Pope Francis, March 19, 2013
In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts! Pope Francis, March 19, 2013
It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about. Pope Francis, March 19, 2013
Let us never forget that authentic power is service. Pope Francis, March 19, 2013
Above all, the desert within, when we have no love for God or neighbour, when we fail to realize that we are guardians of all that the Creator has given us and continues to give us. God’s mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14).
Pope Francis - post Easter Urbi et orbi message Scriptural References
John 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do”
Mark 9:36-37 “He then took a little child whom he set among them and embraced, and he said to them, 'Anyone who welcomes a little child such as this in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me, welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’”
Chronicles 29:14-16 "For everything is from you, and we only give you what we have received from you."
Deuteronomy 16:10, 16-17 "No one shall appear before the Lord empty-handed, but each of you with as much as he can give, in proportion to the blessings which the Lord, God has bestowed on you."
Proverbs 11:25 "He who confers benefits will be amply enriched, and he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."
Sirach 35:7-10 "Give to the Most High as He has given to you, generously, according to your means."
Acts 20:35 "And keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." 1
Corinthians 12:4-7 “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”
2 Corinthians 8:12 “For if eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has-not according to what one does not have.”
2 Corinthians 9:6-9 “The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”
Hebrews 13:16 "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have: God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind."
Luke 6:38 "Give and gifts will be given to you."
Luke 6:32-38 “Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”
Luke 12:48 “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.”
Luke 12:13-21 “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”
Luke 14:1,7-14 “when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Luke 16:10-13 “If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another, who will give you what is yours? No servant can serve two masters.”
Mathew 10:37-42 "Whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones, will surely not lose his reward."
Matthew 10:8 “You received without payment; give without payment.”
1 Peter 4:8-10 "As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace."
Parables Dealing with Money and Possessions
Matthew 13:44 – The Hidden Treasure
Matthew 13:45 – The Fine Pearl
Matthew 18:23-35 – The Unmerciful Servant
Matthew 20:1-16 – The Generous Employer
Matthew 25:14-30 and Luke 19:12-27 The Talents
Matthew 25: 31-45 – The Sheep and Goats
Matthew21:33; Mark 12:1-12; and Luke 20:9-19 – The Wicket Tenants
Matthew 24:45-51 and Luke 12:42-46 – The Servant Entrusted with Supervision
Luke 7:41-43 – The Two Debtors