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“The promotion of the practice of stewardship is important for the mission of the Church and for the spiritual well-being of each individual Christian. Everyone benefits from the sacrificial gift one makes of his time, talent and treasure.

 

 

~ His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI (From the letter of His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, then Cardinal Prefect, The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Vatican City, dated 20 June 1997)

 

The gifts that God gives us falls under three primary headings:

time, talent and treasure.

TIME – The Gift of Our Action

Time is the very gift of each moment – every second of every hour. 24 hours are given to us each day. To use these hours as God intends means that we use our time wisely and always for the good. Reflect on how you use your time each day:

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  • Do I honour God by spending the best part of my day in prayer and in communion with him?
  • Do I set aside quality time for my family?
  • Do I set aside time for rest and recreation?
  • Do I set aside an appropriate portion of time in service of others in my home, parish, and community?

TALENT – The Gift of Our Ability

Talent includes the variety of gifts and abilities that we all have. As stewards, we acknowledge that these gifts come from God and that he intends for us to use them in ways which reflect his love.

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  • Do I recognize the talents and abilities that God has given me? Am I open to discovering those I am not yet aware of?
  • Do I thank God for his gifts of talents and abilities?
  • Do I use my talents to give glory to God and to further his mission?
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TREASURE – The Gift of Our Worldly Possessions

Treasure is the gift of our possessions and financial resources. Making money is a result of how we use some of our time and talent. It is a direct consequence of using what we have been given by God. Our treasure, therefore, must be used to better enhance our time and talent as well as our life with God and one another. We are also called to exclusively dedicate a fair and just portion of our treasure to God for the building up of the church and our sharing in the mission of Jesus. We do this for three reasons:

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  • To build a bridge between the work we do and the work of God,
  • To be Eucharistic by offering the fruits of our labour, and indeed our very lives, in sacrificial service to one another, living and doing everything for the glory of God.
  • To Make Holy all that we have and possess by placing this first portion before God as an outward sign of our desire and commitment to use all of our treasure in a God given way.
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  Reference: Father Darrin J.G. Gurr

 

 

 

 


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