"A good steward is one who receives God’s gifts with a grateful heart; cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner; shares them in justice and love with all; and returns them with increase to the Lord."
Stewardship – A Disciple’s Response, a Pastoral Letter on Stewardship from the USCCB
Stewardship is a way of life based on the scriptural principles of gratitude, generosity and trust. As good stewards we recognize that everything we have is a gift from God, and in gratitude we give to our Church and to others. Our giving is intentional, proportionate and sacrificial.
Stewardship takes an on-going conversion process. We change our way of thinking about why we give of our time, talent and treasure, be it to the church, the community or to our families. We no longer give because the church needs our help; we give of our time, talent and treasure because, out of gratitude, and our need to give.
Stewardship is a life of accountability and responsibility. It is our daily “yes” to Christ’s invitation to follow and serve him. We accept that we are called and gifted. It answers the psalmist’s question:
“How can I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?”