In common language, "stewardship" simply means taking good care of one's belongings. But at Our Lady of Fatima, when we talk about stewardship, we mean something more than that. As Christians, we believe that humans don't really own anything, per se. God has created all things; everything we "own" is really "on loan" from God. From this perspective, then, stewardship means taking care of God's gifts.
And everything that God has given us - special skills, a nice smile, a good income - is meant not only for us, but for others as well. As strange as it seems, being a good steward of these gifts involves giving them away. As we learn from Jesus' life, self-giving is the road to true happiness.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, "Prayer and Christian life are insperable," and St. Paul tells us to "pray contstantly." But many who try to pray on a regular basis find that prayer can be hard work. That is why we make a firm commitment to be persistent. Just as we learn to budget our money or schedule occasions for service, we also have to be very specific when we make time for prayer.
Some people set aside 30 minutes in the morning to read Scripture. Others pray a rosary on the way to work. Many families & spouses pray together in the evening. Whatever the format, the important thing is that we make a conscious effort to grow closer to the One we love most.
Are you currently serving in a ministry at Our Lady of Fatima? With hectic work schedules and family life, we all need time to relax and exercise - but we also need to rejuvenate ourselves through service.
Reaching out in love to others, while sometimes difficult, is nonetheless spiritually enriching. In fact, it is a necessary part of the Christian life. St. Paul reminds us that every baptized person has a special role to play in the local Christian community. No one can replace your unique talents at Our Lady of Fatima!
Stewardship of Treasure sometimes seems to overshadow other aspects of stewardship. But money is NOT the "bottom line" for the Christian steward. In reality, God wants to be the top priority in every part of our lives. Putting God first in our finances is just one part of making him first in everything.
Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. (Matthew 6:33)