Stewardship of Time, Talent, and Treasure — Not a Matter of Chance
Stewardship involves intentional, planned and proportionate giving of our time, talent, and treasure. The following further explains this concept:
- Intentional – A deliberate decision is made to live out the Christian life in a certain way. That way is to thank God for all His blessings by returning to Him a portion of our time, talent, and treasure.
- Planned – Each and every year, a Catholic household living dis-cipleship plans and makes stewardship of time and talent a part of its lifestyle and stewardship of treasure a part of its budget.
- Proportionate – A decision is made to give 5 percent of one’s time and income to the Parish and 5 percent to the larger church and other charities.
Giving our time involves being with God in prayer and worship, sharing our love with family and friends, and volunteering our time in church and community activities that help others and promote justice.
Sharing our talents arises from the fact that God has given each of us the ability and gifts to do certain things well, and we are to develop those talents for the good of others. Many individuals commit a certain number of hours each week to prayer and charitable activities.
Sharing our treasure is as important as giving our time and talent. Since God does not hold back on any area of His giving, we are not to hold back on any area of our giving, especially in the crucial area of supporting our parish, Archdiocese, Catholic schools, and community organizations.
Our gifts of money do not substitute for gifts of time and talent. Neither do time and talent substitute for sacrificial giving of financial resources. All that we have is from God.