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Week of December 27, 2004
A steward is a servant entrusted for a time with the goods of the master. The steward uses but does not own these goods, and must eventually give an account to the master for the way in which they have been cared for and made fruitful (Luke 12:41-48).
What gifts has God entrusted to me?
How have I cared for these gifts and made them more fruitful?
What does "all is gift" mean? How does it compare with self-sufficiency?
Stewards have a spirit of gratitude for all they have received from God, and are resolved to act as responsible trustees of God's gifts (Luke 19:11-27; Matthew 25:14-30).
What do I do to thank God for the gifts I have received and how do I share them generously with others?
How have I been a faithful steward of my talent?
How have I been a good steward of my time? What do I spend my time on? What do I really consider to be important?
Have I been generous or selfish with the use of my time?
Deep stewardship is a profound inner conversion in which we become committed to living generously in every way, as the Gospel calls us to do (Luke 12:34 Matthew 6:24).
Who is my master? If I consider the abundant gifts that I have been given, how have I used them for the service of others or how have I clung to them for myself only?
How have I been a good steward of my material possessions? What do I spend my money on?
How have I been actively involved in the life of the Church? How have I been just a passive observer?
Stewardship calls for nothing less than both individual and communal conversion, rooted in faith and fruitful in action (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Vatican II).
How do I share in the responsibilities of parish membership?
How have I shared in the financial responsibilities of my Church community?
How have I been personally involved in the liturgical worship of the Church?
What have I done with the great gifts of the Word and the Eucharist?" How have I made my devotion to God a priority?
For further information and links to additional stewardship websites please visit The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton website at www.edmontoncatholic-church.com.
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