Stewards of God’s gifts are not passive beneficiaries. We cooperate with God in our own redemption and in the redemption of others. We are also obliged to be stewards of the Church—collaborators and cooperators in continuing the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, which is the Church’s essential mission.
This mission—proclaiming and teaching, serving and sanctifying—is our task. It is the personal responsibility of each one of us as stewards of the Church.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops state that all members of the Church have their own roles to play in carrying out its mission. That is, parents nurture their children in the light of faith; parishioners work in concrete ways to make their parishes true communities of faith and vibrant sources of service to the larger community; and that all Catholics give generous support—time, money, prayers, and personal service according to their circumstances—to parish and diocesan programs, and to the universal Church.
The USCCB says that at times, we can find it far too easy to ignore spiritual realities and to deny religion a role in shaping human and social values.
As Catholics who have entered into the mainstream of American society and experienced its advantages, many of us also have been adversely influenced by this secular culture. We know what it is to struggle against selfishness and greed, and we realize that it is harder for many today to accept the challenge of being a Christian steward. It is essential, therefore, that we make a special effort to understand the true meaning of stewardship and live accordingly. (8:52)