Bishops at the Second Vatican Council proclaimed the right and responsibility of lay people to use their gifts to build up the church and the world. In November of 1992, the American Bishops approved two complimentary documents:Definition(1) Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States; and
An oikonomos or steward is one to whom the owner of a household turns over responsibility for caring of the property, managing affairs, making resources yield as much as possible, and sharing the resources with others. The position involves trust and accountability.
Stewardship is an expression of discipleship, with the power to change how we understand and live out our lives.
Disciples who practice stewardship recognize God as the origin of life, the giver of freedom, the source of all they have and are and will be.
Although religious faith is a strong force in the lives of many Americans, our country's dominant secular culture often contradicts the values of the Judeo-Christian tradition. This is a culture in which destructive "isms" - materialism, relativism, hedonism, individualism, consumerism - exercise seductive, powerful influences.
Becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ leads naturally to the practice
of stewardship. These linked realities, discipleship and stewardship, then
make up the fabric of a Christian life in which each day is lived in an
intimate, personal relationship with the Lord.