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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.


Be a Good Steward of the Lenten Season

Ash Wednesday is a special day of devotion for Catholics. Churches are packed like no other day except Christmas and Easter. Even though the Church does not designate Ash Wednesday as a holy day of obligation, Catholics flock to receive ashes. Along with this outward sign of the beginning of a season of penitence, we embrace the call to conversion that Ash Wednesday heralds. Christian stewards will greet Lent with the best of intentions. But sometimes, we reach Easter disappointed in our own efforts. Here are some suggestions for keeping us on task during this Lenten season:

  • Plan ahead. Give thought and prayer to what will most help you draw closer to Jesus during this special season. Write your intentions down, and review them often.
  • Keep it simple. Like those folks who sign up for gym memberships on January 1 and give up by January 15, sometimes we approach Lent with too many resolutions. Be realistic and don’t set yourself up for guilt.
  • Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are the pillars of Lent. Try to do one thing in each of these categories. Stretch yourself a bit and come up with something new and challenging.
  • Keep your eyes on Jesus. Coming closer to him through his passion and resurrection is our goal.
  • Prepare your home with Lenten reminders. If you have no crucifix in your living areas, place one there. If you have a crucifix, perhaps affix a spot of purple to it as a reminder of Lent. Find a special picture or holy card that speaks to you and display it.
  • Simplify something tangible in your daily life, like your closet or your schedule.
  • Place a special candle on the dining room table, and when your family says grace each evening, encourage them to share the struggles and joys of their Lenten resolutions, or perhaps an act of kindness they did that day. This is a good activity for kids. Read more...

Stewardship Saint for February

Blessed Giovanni da Fiesole, more popularly known as Fra Angelico. Read more...


 

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Stewardship Prayer for February

Merciful Lord,

As we embark on our journey of renewal toward the great paschal feast of Easter,
teach us to be good stewards of your mercy and forgiveness,
so that we may extend these gifts to others.
Give us the strength to bear witness to you at all times,
even in times of stress and adversity.
And fill our hearts with love
that we may be faithful to the Gospel Jesus proclaimed
and ready to celebrate his resurrection.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

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