A Way of Life

Sharing and Study

Through Ongoing Faith Formation

  • I will read the biography of a saint this year.
  • I will read one of the four sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church this year.
  • Attend one adult faith program in my parish.
  • Read something Pope Francis has written.
  • Read a classic Catholic book.
  • Subscribe to a Catholic newspaper/periodical.
  • Read one of the documents of Vatican II.
  • Read something written by one of the early church Fathers.
  • Study about one virtue, commandment or beatitude this year.
  • Share what you have learned with family and friends.
  • Spread the JOY of the Gospel.

Service

 

Through Loving Service

  • Do something kind for another each week.
  • Pray for religious vocations and for all who serve the Church in religious life.
  • Pray for the sick and dying, perhaps send a card.
  • Visit a nursing home and prayerfully adopt a resident.
  • Provide or serve food at funeral lunches.
  • Practice self-denial in some way each week and give what you save to charity.
  • Clean out your closet and give away the excess.
  • Pray for the pope's intention each month.
  • Donate something each month to a food bank.
  • Pray monthly for those who are incarcerated.
  • Welcome newcomers to your parish and town.
  • Volunteer for parish events and activities.
  • Pray for the Unborn, Spiritually Adopt an Unborn Child.
  • Spend quality time with your family and friends.
 

Praying

 

           Through Prayer and My Spiritual Life

  • Pray privately at least 15 minutes a day.
  • Go to a weekday Mass once a week.
  • Pray the Rosary Daily.
  • Read prayerfully the Mass readings for the following Sunday sometime during the week.
  • Spend 30-60 minutes once a week before the tabernacle in Eucharistic adoration.
  • Fast in some way at least one day per week.  
  • Go to confession once a month.
  • Do something to overcome one sinful habit.  Give this to our Lord for Love and Healing.
  • Attend a diocesan "Pilgrimage of Mercy" event.
  • Invite your family or friends to join you in Prayer.
  • Offer the Chaplet of Divine Mercy once a week.
  • Open your Heart to the Lord for Direction and Devotion to His love for you.
  • Seek Spiritual Direction to support you on this journey.

THE DECISION IS OURS 

Ultimately, stewardship comes down to personal decisions about how each of us lives out our commitment to discipleship and how each of us will respond to God’s gifts based on our experience, self-knowledge and the call of God’s grace. There is the paradoxical truth, hallowed in the New Testament, that by giving ourselves to someone or something beyond ourselves, we discover our own best self: “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt 10:39). Living as Christian stewards should bring a deeper and greater joy, and confidence about being disciples. Though Christians have not seen Christ, they are assured, by a faith truly lived and generously practiced, the joy, the peace and the life that comes to those who dare to believe and trust in Christ, our Lord.
ICSC on Stewardship 2017

“In truth I say to you, whatever you did to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me”
(Matt 25:40)