Everyone has a different perspective on what stewardship means to them. We, as a family, certainly have differing opinions. But we believe the one thing that can be agreed upon is that all stewardship goes back to the 2 greatest commandments:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:36-39
I have been a lifelong member of St. Patrick Church and my husband since we were married. Through our wedding, baptisms, first communions, reconciliations, confirmations, catholic education and CCD, loss and healing, the love we have received from our parish has only inspired us to give that love back.
Our boys find that serving the Lord through altar serving and volunteering for different parish activities, gives them a sense of purpose as they carry out God’s love. Jim and I have both participated in Renewal/Welcome weekends and this will be my second year as a team member. We also try to answer the call of God by volunteering with parish events. It gives us peace to find the love of God in those around us, and if we can help to share that love with others, then we can be good Stewards of God.
Giving of our time, our talents, and our treasure, are important parts of stewardship, but loving God above all else and loving thy neighbor gives stewardship a sense of meaning. We are blessed to have the wonderful gifts given to us: our boys, our families and friends, but mostly we are blessed to have God’s love and to be able to share his love to those around us.
God bless you, The Wirtz Family