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The Christian steward is one who receives God's gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord.
I'm sure we all agree that time is a very precious gift. Most of us feel we don’t have enough time for all the things we want to accomplish.
It just so happens that everyone is given the same amount of time: 24 hours each day, 168 hours each week. But how do we manage our time? We can never reclaim time. It is vital that we use our time to the best advantage.
The question is: How do we choose to use our time? Henry David Thoreau once said:
“It is not enough to be busy, so are ants.
The question is what are we busy about?”
All of us have been blessed with various talents, whether we are aware of it or not, or whether we have developed our talents or not.
Of course, it is usually not possible to develop all of our talents. But, ideally, we can and should develop some of them and use them wisely to benefit and bless the communities we belong to.
Our parish is always in need of your talent no matter what that might be. We are always in need of lawn care and snow removal, carpentry, altar decoration, painting, lectors, altar boys and more. Won't you volunteer your talent?
Most Catholics who tithe reach this ideal gradually.
In this area of stewardship, one of the most important steps to consider is to become an ‘intentional giver’—as opposed to a ‘loose change giver.’
An intentional giver is one who has the willing diligence to ‘do the math,’ that is, to look at his/her annual income and then prayerfully and intentionally decide what percentage should be set aside for the support of the church and for charity.