What is "Stewardship"? The word comes from a Greek term formed from two words: "manage" and "house". A steward is someone who manages someone else's house, that is, manages all the owener's possessions. "Stewardship" is found 87 times in the New Testament. For example, Paul speaks of himself as a "steward" of the Gospel. He has received the "good news" from the Lord and it has been gtiven to him so that he can share it with others. In two passages of Luke's Gospel, it is even on the lips of Jesus. The New Testament makes the point that all people are God's stewards because everything that exists belongs to God since He created it and continually keeps it in existence.
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Our Stewardship Prayer
Generous and Loving Creator, you have called to "Malama i ka Makana" ("Cherish the Gift"). As disciples of your Son, we ask that Your Spirit open our minds and hearts to more deeply appreciate your countless blessings. Increase your transforming spirit within us, so as to nurture our call to stewardship as a way of life marked always by faith-filled prayer, service to others and generous giving. With the "kokua" ("help") of St. Marianne and St. Damien, teach us to be good stewards so we may return a hundred-fold the "makana" ("gift") entrusted to us. We pray this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Pope Francis' intentions for July and August:
"Heavenly Father, during these months, we dedicate every aspect of our lives to you. We pray that sports may always be occasions of brotherly and sisterly fellowship and growth. We intercede for lay missionaries that the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries of the world. We lift up all refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, that they may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights. And we pray for our brothers and sisters in Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and 23 other countries or territotries), that they may joyfully announce faith in Jesus Christ to all the people of that region."
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