The joy of giving starts with God Himself. All we have and all we are is a gift -- pure, unmerited gift -- given by God. Life and time, talents and abilities, family, relationships, emotions, health, material goods -- all are given freely to us by God, who loves us and trusts us to be good stewards of his abundance.

Practical ways to live stewardship

Christian stewardship isn't something you do; it's the way you live your entire life. It is quite literally a call to renew the face of the earth. As Father Andrew Kemberling of St. Thomas More parish in Centennial, Colorado, puts it, stewardship is "a gift from God for the conversion of a materialistic world."

Stewardship prayer

Lord God, you alone are the source of every good gift, of the vast array of our universe, and the mystery of each human life. We praise you and thank you for your great power and tender, faithful love. Everything we are and everything we have are your gifts, and after having created us you have given us into the keeping of your Son, Jesus Christ.

Fill our minds with His truth and our hearts with His love, and in His spirit may we be bonded together into a community of faith, a parish family, a caring people. In the name and spirit of Jesus, we commit ourselves to be good stewards of the gifts entrusted to us, to share our time, our talent, and our material and spiritual gifts as an outward sign of the treasure we hold in Jesus. Amen.