Editorial | Stewardship — sharing our God-given talents with others

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According to the Gospel, the Kingdom of God "will be like a man going on a journey who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey" (Matthew 25:14).

When he returned, the man praised the servants who had used their talents wisely with these words: "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!"

Similarly to the servants, Catholics are aware of the generosity of God who has blessed us with every good gift. It's easy to be generous with our time and gifts when we recognize how much the Lord has blessed us. A vibrant spirit of stewardship is part of the spiritual patrimony of the Church in St. Louis.

The people of the Archdiocese of St. Louis are wise and generous stewards. The many works of the Church here are evidence of that. The gifts of time, talent and treasure have been directed to an impressive list of apostolates over many years, beginning with the foundation of the first parishes.

Today, Catholic stewardship supports education, charities for the poor, counseling centers and many other parish and archdiocesan activities. As simply one example of this, the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal exceeded its goal by nearly $1.4 million, as announced Sept. 16.

Stewardship is first and foremost about God. When we're good stewards, we recognize that our gifts, talents and treasures, both great and small alike, come from God and are given by God to be shared with others. Whether it be money, volunteer work, assistance in the Church, school or other related programs, we have an obligation and an opportunity to return in thanksgiving that which we have received. As related in the story on page 2 of the Review this week, Ron Sherman and Ed Gapsch are two of countless examples of giving back of one's time and talent in a spirit of thanksgiving.

The weekend of Sept. 24-25 is Stewardship Awareness Sunday in the archdiocese.

While sacrificial giving isn't always easy, it brings peace and joy. Take time this weekend to think about how you might be a good steward with the blessings God has given you. Ask yourself what time, talent or treasure might you share and find an opportunity to share it in your parish or elsewhere in the archdiocese. And may God reward your generosity. 

The archdiocesan Office of Stewardship provides a number of excellent resources on stewardship. For more information visit www.archstl.org/stewardship or call (314) 792-7680. 

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