2SPIRITUALITY The Source, the well that gives me life… that inspires me…of my vitality…The Source where I candraw strength from…each day again...
3TERMINOLOGYThe Anglo-Saxon styweard is the person in charge of feeding the people in the manor, Hence the steward came to mean as the one who was responsible to the lord of the manor for managing essential resources and functions
4Stewardship- a way of life - a spirituality - not just an activity or practice - It covers all aspects of our life, not just our money.
5SCOPE OF STEWARDSHIPSTEWARDSHIP OF ……LifeThe environmentTime
6SCOPE OF STEWARDSHIP Faith Treasure, money or property STEWARDSHIP OF …FaithTreasure, moneyor property
7SCOPE OF STEWARDSHIP Capabilities STEWARDSHIP OF … Vocation and positionCapabilities
8Stewardship is essentially a theological understanding of a total way of life. It is a reason for lifting the discussion of money to a spiritual level.
9Biblical Grounds of the Spirituality on Stewardship It is who we are as God’s creatures (true to our identity)Stewardship leads to reverence and owe: an attitude of profound respect – seeing God in all and all in God.Sample Verse Layout Type 1
10Biblical Grounds of the Spirituality on Stewardship 3) As a sign of gratitude to God 4) We are called to trust God 5) It is part of the dynamics of love, and we are called to love God above all things.Sample Verse Layout Type 1
111. SINO BA AKO BILANG TAO?Who am Ias a human being?- IDENTITY -
12Reading: Genesis 1:26-28GOD said, ‘Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves, and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild animals and all the creatures that creep along the ground.’
13Reading: Genesis 1:26-28GOD created man in the image of Himself, in the image of God, He created him, male and female He created them.
14Reading: Genesis 1:26-28GOD blessed them, saying to them, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven and all the living creatures that move on earth.’
15Genesis 2, 8.15The Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed…. The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and care for it.
16Teachings of Genesis creation stories CreaturesFruit of God’s inward desirePatterned after God himselfOur humanity is complementary: male and female.With a mission, to take care of creation. It is in this way that we are the image and likeness of the Creator.
17Creation is made for all and not only for some. There is social responsibility and social mortgage for what we have.
18In the beginning God entrusted the earth and its resources to the common stewardship of mankind to take care of them, aster them by labor and enjoy their fruits. The goods of creation are destined for the whole human race. (CCC 2402)
19The right to private property, acquired by work or received from others by inheritance or gift, does not do away with the original gift of the earth to the whole of mankind. The universal destination of goods remain primordial, even if the promotion of the common good requires respect for the right of private property and its exercise. (CCC 2403)
20In his use of things one should regard the external goods s/he legitimately owns not merely as exclusive to oneself but common to others also, in the sense that they can benefit others as well as himself. The ownership of any property makes its holder a steward of Providence, with the task of making it fruitful and communicating its benefits to others, first of all one’s family. (CCC 2404)
21“Economic Justice for All” US Bishops 1986 All decisions on economics must be ethically judged and evaluated in the light of what they do for the poor, what they do to the poor, and what they enable the poor to do for themselves. The fundamental moral criterion for all economic decisions, policies and, institutions is this: they must be at the service of all people, esp. the poor.( 24)
22“Economic Justice for All” US Bishops 1986 The misuse of the world’s resources or appropriation of them by a minority of the world’s population betrays the gift of creation since ‘what belongs to god belongs to all.’ (34)God intended the earth and all that it contains for the use of every human being and people (GS 69)
23Other Biblical Reflections Mt 24, 45-51Parable of the Conscientious StewardsMt 25, Parable of the Talents
24Matthew 24,45-51The Faithful or the Unfaithful Servant ( Luke 12:41-48)“Who, then, is faithful and wise servant?It is the one thathis master has placed in charge of the other servants to give them their food at the proper time.How happy that servant is if his master finds him doing this when he comes home!Indeed I tell you, the master will put that servant in charge of all his property.But if he is a bad servant, he will tell himself that his master will not come back for a long time.
25Continuation of Matthew 24:4-51 And he will begin to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards .Then that servant’s master will come back 0ne day when the servants does not expect him and at a time he does not know.The master will cut him in pieces, and make him share the faith of the hypocrites.There he will cry and gnash his teeth.
26The Parable of the 3 Servants “At that time the Kingdom of heaven will be like this.Once there was a man who was about to leave home on a trip:he called his servants and put them in charge of his property.He gave to each one according to his ability :to one he gave 5,000 gold coins, to another he gave 2,000 and to another he gave 1,000.Then he left on his trip.The servant who had received 5,000 coins went at once and invested his money and earned another 5,000.In the same way the servant who had received 2,000 coins earned another 2,000.
27Continuation of The parable of the 3 Servants But the servant who had received 1,000 coins went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money.
28John 15:16You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.
29Romans 12:6-8Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them: if prophecy, in proportion to the faith; if ministry, in ministering; if one is a teacher, in teaching; if one exhorts, in exhortation; if one contributes, in generosity; if one is over others, with diligence; if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
301 Peter 4, 10 As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. 1 Corinthians 4, 1 People must think of us as Christ’s servants, stewards entrusted with the mysteries of God.
31What does a steward do?To take care of what has been entrusted to him/her by seeing to it that….It is not destroyed or wastedIt is put into use for self and for othersIt is returned with increase, i.e., developedHe/she will give an account – transparencyThe part of the owner be given to him.
32God is the owner. He is the source of all. What is to begiven to God?Mark 12, 42-43Luke 19, 1-10Malachi 3,10
332. Regard creation with great awe and respect Sirach 42:22-25How desirable are all his works, and how sparkling they are to see! All these things live and remain forever; each creature is preserved to meet a particular need. All things come in pairs, one opposite the other, and he has made nothing incomplete. Each supplements the virtues of the other. Who could ever tire of seeing his glory?
34Psalm 139:13-14For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
35Attitudes to cultivate as stewards Great respectAppreciationSacramentality of the worldNot merely utilitarianNot exploitative
36Romans 1:19-21For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse; for though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened.
37Outlook of Abundance that God’s works present to us: 3. Attitude of GratitudeOutlook of Abundance that God’s works present to us:God is liberal in what he makes: Many flowers and seeds, different kinds of fish and insects, abundant colors in sunsets, etc.We have many gifts given by God for free: life, health, the air, sunlight, love, freedom, etc.
38Outlook of Scarcity that is being implanted in us by the world There are many things that you do not have so you are not happy (Creating Needs).You have to get them since there is a limited offer.
39Outlook of Scarcity that is being implanted in us by the world To get them you must buy them, hence you need money.With money you can be happy since you can have the things being offered.
40All 10 lepers have faith to call on Jesus. Luke 17, 11-19All 10 lepers have faith to call on Jesus.All 10 lepers have faith to do the bidding of Jesus to go to the priests.
41Luke 17, 11-19 Only one has the faith to return to give thanks. He not only received healing but he received salvation
42Attitude of Gratitude We need to: Stop Return Thank the source of goodnessOur Worship to God is Eucharist, i.e., thanksgiving! We give, we offer as a sign of gratitude.
434. TRUSTBecause we recognize that we received so much, so we can trust God. Matthew 16, 5-11 Luke 11, 9-13 Luke 12, Ephesians 3, 19-21
44Leviticus 23:10"Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When you come into the land which I am giving you, and reap your harvest, you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priestThe offering of the first fruits and the first born is a sign of trust. God will not fail us!
455. Dynamics of LoveTrue love is a reciprocity; it is not a one-way traffic! It is in the give-and-take that love grows. This is also the case with our love for God.
46John 3:16For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
471 John 3:16We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us-- and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.
481 John 4:10In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.
49To love is to giveLuke 6:38 Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.
50So you decide! 2 Corinthians 9:7-9 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written, "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”
51If we do this, there will be no poor among us and people will believe Acts 4:32-34Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.
52TEACHINGS CONNECTED WITH STEWARDSHIP TRUST …. God is Father and we are his children. The Father cares
53TEACHINGS CONNECTED WITH STEWARDSHIP DISCIPLESHIP …. We follow the life of Jesus, which is a life of fidelity to the will of the Father, thus a life pleasing to Him.
54TEACHINGS CONNECTED WITH STEWARDSHIP SOLIDARITY …. We are connected to each other and are responsible for each other, esp. to those most in need.
55TEACHINGS CONNECTED WITH STEWARDSHIP ECOLOGY …. We have responsibility to care for the world.
56TEACHINGS CONNECTED WITH STEWARDSHIP UNIVERSAL DESTINATION OF EARTHLY GOODS …. The world is given to all, hence equity in benefits
57TEACHINGS CONNECTED WITH STEWARDSHIP SOCIAL MORTGAGE OF PRIVATE PROPERTY …. Private property is not an absolute right. It is a means, not an end.
58TEACHINGS CONNECTED WITH STEWARDSHIP ACCOUNTABILITY …. We have to answer for the things, abilities, and opportunities we have
59TEACHINGS CONNECTED WITH STEWARDSHIP TRANSPARENCY …. We need to be open, since the things are not really ours and for greater benefit of all. COMMON GOOD
60False values militating against Stewardship Individualism Self-Centeredness … Ano ang makukuha ko diyan? Greed
61False values militating against Stewardship Walang pakialam Competition to be on top. Exclusive or “excluding” development Absolutizing ownership
62Christian tradition has never recognized the right to property as absolute and untouchable. The right to private property is subordinate to the right to common use, to the fact that goods are meant for everyone. Private property is in its essence only an instrument for respecting the principle of the universal destination of goods; in the final analysis, therefore, it is not an end but a means. (CST #177)
63SCOPE OF STEWARDSHIPStewardship is a way of life rather than a single, particular action. The life of stewardship is an ongoing process of integration whereby we relate our whole person to the whole action of God. By acknowledging our dependence upon God for all life, we are called to regard both material things and human capacities not as private possessions or as the property of limited groups, but as God’s.
64Jim Castelli (1994) a free-lance author When all is said and done, the money crisis facing the Catholic Church is more than a money problem. It is a symptom of larger problems and the decline of community and a confusion about purpose. The way to raise more money for the church is to become better at being a church.
65Difference between Fundraising and Stewardship Fundraising is much more pragmatic. It is concerned with meeting the church’s budgetary requirements. Its message is one of supporting current parish programs and future aspirations. It’s focus is on the parish need to receive rather than the individual’s need to give.
66Difference between Fundraising and Stewardship Fundraising is what we do; stewardship is who we are. Fundraising is one-dimensional, impacting only people’s pockets; stewardship invites us to change of heart. Fundraising occurs occasionally; stewardship is an on-going commitment.
67Message of Stewardship Stewardship is not something we do; it’s about who we are and whose we are.
68Message of Stewardship Stewardship is not merely meeting the parish budget; it’s about examining our attitude toward and our use of money.
69Message of Stewardship Stewardship is not just good intentions and kind deeds; it’s about recognizing that all life depends on God.
70Message of Stewardship Stewardship is not an annual campaign to induce people to contribute to another charity; it’s about transformed visions, changed attitudes and altered living.
71Message of Stewardship Stewardship is not about meeting a need but recognizing our need to give.
72Sacrificial Giving1. Giving is planned. 2. Giving is proportionate. 3. Giving is sacrificial. 4. Giving is free. 5. Giving is a prayer of thanksgiving.