Sister Lalemant “Lale” Pelikan, RSMThe 2013 recipient of the ICSC Christian Stewardship Award
When most people think of Christian stewardship in the Catholic tradition, they think of a concept, a pastoral letter, a definition, or even a story from the bible. When I think of stewardship, I think of a person – a selfless disciple of Christ who is the ideal model of stewardship as a way of life for me and many of the 72,547 Catholics in our mission diocese, the Diocese of Lubbock, Texas.
There’s no season quite so full of wild abundance as the Christmas season. Admit it, do you ever eat fudge or drink eggnog any other time of the year? Or expect a full grown tree to appear in your living room? It’s a joyful, exuberant time, full of music, family, parties, good food, and friends. But every Christian steward knows that there’s a shadow side to abundance, particularly material abundance, which brings with it challenges. Amid the joy of Christmas, a good steward ponders these challenges.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (From Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5: 14-16)
We are the recipients of God’s unending love. Though we are reminded of his love in countless ways throughout the year, it is the actions and words of Jesus Christ during the feast of Passover that show us the extent of his love and the way we too can live a life of stewardship: “…love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (John 13:34). If we are to be his disciples we can do nothing less, in word and deed, than humbly offer ourselves in loving service to another.
Glenda SeippAnnual Giving and Stewardship Services DirectorDiocese of Helena
Saint John Damascene,
Doctor of the Church
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Come Lord Jesus!Make us good stewards of Advent. Strengthen our faith; calm our fears.
Most Rev. Kevin FarrellBishop of Dallas, Texas
“I ask that we reflect on the emphasis which our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has placed on stewardship of the world’s resources, principal among them being the human person and the family, especially as we understand where we place our “time, talent and treasure.”