International Catholic Stewardship Council
The International Catholic Stewardship Council promotes and supports Catholic teaching on stewardship by providing education and resources for dioceses, parishes, and institutions of the Roman Catholic Church.
Two Chaldean Catholic altar servers pray for peace at Mass in Amman, Jordan.
Advent is a time of waiting and expectation; a season of quiet anticipation and preparation. We are waiting for our Lord to come into the world as the baby Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem. We are also preparing for His return, His second coming as the shepherd-king, to restore harmony and right relationship to all creation. Advent is a season yearning for God to come and set the world right with perfect justice, truth and peace. It is a season of hope.
“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)
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, reminds us that, “as it expands, goodness takes root and develops. If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good” (Evangelii Gaudium, 9). Reaching out to others is an integral part of being a good steward of the gifts God has given to us. By reaching out to others in our families, parishes, communities and local Churches, we actually show in a tangible way how we return God’s gifts back to Him with our gratitude.
Rob Faughnan Diocese of Colorado Springs
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Cardinal Edmund Szoka1927-2014
As we journey through this Advent season,give us the wisdom to be good stewards of this time of grace, a time to be more prayerful,to listen more intently to Your Word;a time to allow our faith to grow and mature.Show us how to give witness to your Good News more fervently among our families, friends and those with whom we worship.
Help us be more aware of those who are poor, lonely or suffering;and to serve them as if we were serving You.And fill our hearts with hope, so that we may make straight Your pathwith confidence and zeal, and prepare for the joy of Your coming!
We pray this in Jesus' name.