Ever since my ordination as Bishop in Hamilton, Bermuda, in 1995, I have been associated with the Church’s call to stewardship in both a personal and a pastoral manner. I presently serve as a board member of ICSC representing the region that includes all the 17 dioceses of the Antilles Episcopal Conference and this has offered me the opportunity to meet and to work with people whom I consider outstanding witnesses of stewardship as a way of life.
Every time I attend the annual stewardship conference I am always impressed with the enthusiasm of the participants and their love for the Church, no matter if they are young or old, clergy or laity, progressive or conservative. It’s very refreshing!Personally, I find that stewardship offers us a very practical and challenging spirituality that is creatively expressed in Bishop Robert Morneau’s “Four infinitives and five adverbs”:1) To receive God’s gifts gratefully,2) To nurture God’s gifts responsibly,3) To share God’s gifts justly and sacrificially and4) To return our gifts to the Lord abundantly.It strikes me that this spirituality will certainly assist us to live the Year of Faith that our Holy Father, Pope Benedict, will inaugurate on October 11, 2012 with the opening of the Synod of Bishops devoted to the theme of the “New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”
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