Who is a Christian Disciple?
One who responds to Christ’s call follows Jesus and shapes his or her life in imitation of Christ’s. Who is a Christian steward? 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 an increase to the Lord.
Genesis tells us that God placed the first human beings in a garden to practice stewardship there— ‘to cultivate and care for it’ (Gn. 2:15) The world remains a kind of garden (or workshop, as some would prefer to say) entrusted to the care of men and women for God’s glory and the service of humankind. In its simplest yet deepest sense, this is Christian stewardship …” Excerpted from Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, © 1993 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
A Stewardship Way of Life Leads to Discipleship
“The US Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on Stewardship invites all Catholics to invest themselves— time, talent and treasure— in the mission and ministries of the Church. This invitation is a challenge for each of us to live a life of gratitude, accountability, and generosity. A stewardship way of life in a way that truly seeks to live as a disciple of Jesus.” Excerpted from The Christian Steward by Harry Verhiley
Have you wondered what Stewardship as a Way of Life means? See how the Stewardship Way of Life is being lived out in parishes of the Diocese of Covington.