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.
When we look at the three traditional “disciplines” of Lent, prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we know that almsgiving gets the least attention. Yet, the Bible places emphasis firmly on almsgiving:
“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
God of mercy, You have given us this special time to reflect on our lives, embrace the Good News and draw closer to You.
During this season of Lent help us use this time to fast and pray, be more generous and show others how to live in Christ.
Let us see each day of this season as a new opportunity to renew our lives and gain a deeper appreciation of Your active presence in our hearts and our community of faith.
Give us the grace to see Your face in others, especially the poor and those who suffer.
And through your Spirit, enkindle in us the fire of Your love so that we may be better stewards of Your redeeming work throughout the world.
We ask this through Jesus, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.